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Microtechnics - Innovation - 13.07.2023
Researchers help develop smart, 3D printed concrete wall for National Highways
Researchers help develop smart, 3D printed concrete wall for National Highways
Cambridge researchers, working in partnership with industry, have helped develop the first 3D-printed piece of concrete infrastructure to be used on a National Highways project. Making the wall digital means it can speak for itself, and we can use our sensors to understand these 3D-printed structures better and accelerate their acceptance in industry Abir Al-Tabbaa The 3D-printed structure - a type of retaining wall known as a headwall - has been installed on the A30 in Cornwall , where it is providing real-time information thanks to Cambridge-designed sensors embedded in its structure.

Innovation - 10.07.2023
Impact of visual technologies on policing subject of new research
The use of visual technology and video footage to inform perceptions and the actions of police will form the basis of new research from Cardiff University. Academics will investigate how various sources of video footage are influencing the outcome of complaints and criticism of the police, comparing this with how these new technologies are shaping the training of new recruits and serving officers.

Innovation - 03.07.2023
Scientists propose new strategy for modern sails to help shipping sector meet its carbon reduction goals
Researchers have identified a strategy that can offset the random and unpredictable nature of weather conditions that threaten carbon emission reduction efforts in the shipping sector. Erratic weather is a major source of concern for ship owners installing modern sails to reduce carbon emissions. However, new research from The University of Manchester highlights operational strategies that can reduce shipping emissions by up to a quarter, strengthening confidence in sails as a decarbonisation tool.

Materials Science - Innovation - 23.06.2023
New type of computer memory could greatly reduce energy use and improve performance
Researchers have developed a new design for computer memory that could both greatly improve performance and reduce the energy demands of internet and communications technologies, which are predicted to consume nearly a third of global electricity within the next ten years. These materials can work like a synapse in the brain: they can store and process information in the same place, like our brains can Markus Hellenbrand The researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, developed a device that processes data in a similar way as the synapses in the human brain.

Innovation - Physics - 25.05.2023
Scientists propose revolution in complex systems modelling with quantum technologies
Scientists have made a significant advancement with quantum technologies that could transform complex systems modelling with an accurate and effective approach that requires significantly reduced memory. Complex systems play a vital role in our daily lives, whether that be predicting traffic patterns, weather forecasts, or understanding financial markets.

Innovation - Materials Science - 19.05.2023
A University spin-out fuelling the battery revolution in the UK
A University spin-out fuelling the battery revolution in the UK
For the first time in the UK, scientists have been able to recover commercial grade lithium carbonate and graphite from black mass; a solid black powder containing a complex mixture of metals and impurities recovered from recycling end-of-life lithium-ion batteries. The UK-first is a major step forward for sustainability in battery technology.

Innovation - Physics - 16.05.2023
Shaping the technologies of the future
Shaping the technologies of the future
A new method of controlling the shape of tiny particles about one tenth of the width of human hair could make the technology that powers our daily lives more stable and more efficient, scientists claim. The process, which transforms the structure of microscopic semiconductor materials known as quantum dots, provides industry with opportunities to optimise optoelectronics, energy harvesting, photonics, and biomedical imaging technologies, according to the Cardiff University-led team.

Innovation - 21.04.2023
Calling tech could help lonely parrots flock together
Video-calling tech could help lonely parrots flock together A new study which helped pet parrots make video calls to each other suggests that the birds may have benefited from making new feathered friends over the internet. Animal-computer interaction specialists at universities in Scotland and America are behind the research, which is set to be presented as a paper at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Germany on Monday April 24.

Health - Innovation - 10.04.2023
World-first ’super peptide’ technology bio-hacks the skin’s natural repair process
Scientists at skincare brand No7 and The University of Manchester, have announced the creation of a new 'super peptide' blend proven to bio-hack the skin's natural repair process, signalling renewal of over 50 key proteins including collagen and fibrillin in skin cells. The matrix-derived super peptide blend - which represents the biggest cosmetic science innovation in No7's history - contains two brand-new chemical entities, a patent-pending world-first technology that cannot be found in any other product.

Innovation - Computer Science - 03.04.2023
Eye-tracking research is a peek into the future of mobile device interaction
A new study exploring how mobile devices can be controlled solely by the movements of users' eyes could offers a peek into the future of gaze-based interactions with smartphones, researchers say. Human-computer interaction specialists from universities in Scotland, Germany and Portugal have taken a closer look at how eyes can be used to control mobile devices and made a series of recommendations on how to integrate gaze-interaction into future generations of tech.

Innovation - 03.04.2023
English language pushes everyone - even AI chatbots - to improve by adding
English language pushes everyone - even AI chatbots - to improve by adding
A linguistic bias in the English language leads us to 'improve' things by adding to them, a new study reveals. A linguistic bias in the English language that leads us to 'improve' things by adding to them, rather than taking away, is so common that it is even ingrained in AI chatbots, a new study reveals.

Innovation - Economics - 20.03.2023
Launch of the MIOIR Working Paper Series
Launch of the MIOIR Working Paper Series
We are delighted to announce the official launch of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research Working Paper Series. The MIOIR Working Paper Series provides a platform for discussing and disseminating studies from across the disciplines, covering a range of issues related to Innovation. Our series will publish high-quality research papers with a focus on the Institute's primary research themes, including: Innovation management; Sustainable innovation; Science, technology, and innovation policy; and Emerging technologies.

Health - Innovation - 20.03.2023
Lighting up tumours could help surgeons remove them more precisely
A new technique that combines highly detailed, real-time images of inside the body with a type of infrared light has, for the first time, been used during surgery to differentiate between cancerous tumours and healthy tissue. The pioneering technique, demonstrated in mice, has been developed by engineers at the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) at UCL and surgeons at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Health - Innovation - 06.03.2023
Detecting anaemia earlier in children using a smartphone
Detecting anaemia earlier in children using a smartphone
Researchers at UCL and University of Ghana have successfully predicted whether children have anaemia using only a set of smartphone images. The study, published in PLOS ONE , brought together researchers and clinicians at UCL Engineering, UCLH and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana to investigate a new non-invasive diagnostic technique using smartphone photographs of the eye and face.

Innovation - 28.02.2023
Social media posts around solar geoengineering ’spill over’ into conspiracy theories
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have analysed more than 800,000 tweets and found that negative emotions expressed about geoengineering - the idea that the climate can be altered using technology - can easily fall into conspiracy. The researchers analysed tweets 2009 and 2021 tagged with #geoengineering.

Innovation - 07.02.2023
Why reflecting on your values before opening your mouth makes for happier relationships
A process of reflecting on life values before a debate can enhance people's willingness to listen to others, a new study has found. The interdisciplinary study was conducted by philosophers and linguists at Cardiff University and psychologists at the University of Bath. The research team recruited 303 participants, who were all put in small groups where they were asked to discuss the merits of charging tuition fees for education.

Electroengineering - Innovation - 26.01.2023
3D-printed radio antennas could bring 5G and 6G to remote communities
University of Sheffield researchers have developed 3D-printed radio antennas that could be used to bring the fastest mobile phone networks to people living in remote areas for the first time 3D-printed millimetre wave aerials are much quicker and cheaper to produce than those currently used by the telecommunications industry, but have the same level of performance Development could help to drive innovation, speed up the production of new prototy

Chemistry - Innovation - 20.01.2023
Researchers unravel the complex reaction pathways in zero carbon fuel synthesis
Researchers have used isotopes of carbon to trace how carbon dioxide emissions could be converted into low-carbon fuels and chemicals. The result could help the chemical industry, which is the third largest subsector in terms of direct CO2 emissions, recycle its own waste using current manufacturing processes.

Physics - Innovation - 20.01.2023
Method to preserve entanglement could enable new quantum tech
An international team of researchers has developed a new method of overcoming a key challenge for the development of future quantum tech. In a new paper published in the journal Physical Review X Quantum, the researchers describe how they may have solved a key problem for quantum technologies by keeping particles entangled in previously impossible conditions.

Economics - Innovation - 04.01.2023
Researchers investigate the housing and construction sector's key role in net-zero challenges
Researchers investigate the housing and construction sector’s key role in net-zero challenges
MIOIR Researchers have begun working on an important project 'Addressing the net-zero and productivity challenges: How could the housing and construction sector play a key role', funded by The Productivity Institute. A research team from the Alliance Manchester Business School and Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) has officially begun working on an important project for The Productivity Institute: 'Addressing the net-zero and productivity challenges: How could the housing and construction sector play a key role?'.