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University of Cambridge: singularities could exist in highly curved three-dimensional space

Researchers have shown how singularities – which are normally only found at the centre of black holes and hidden from view – could exist in highly curved three-dimensional space. CAMBRIDGE, 24-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, have … Read the full press release

Novozymes Award for Excellence in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering: Nominations solicited prior to June 1, 2017

The annual prize is made to a distinguished chemical or biochemical engineer and includes a monetary prize of 100,000 Danish kroner. Bagsværd, Denmark, 22-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The Novozymes Award for Excellence in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering is made to … Read the full press release

EMBO Director Maria Leptin elected as Leopoldina member

HEIDELBERG, 19-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, today welcomes EMBO Director Maria Leptin as one of its members. Election to the Leopoldina membership is the highest academic honour awarded by an institution in Germany and … Read the full press release

His Majesty King Abdullah II opens the SESAME light source, the first regional laboratory for the Middle East

Allan, Jordan, 18-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The SESAME light source was today officially opened by His Majesty King Abdullah II. An intergovernmental organization, SESAME is the first regional laboratory for the Middle East and neighbouring regions The laboratory’s official opening ushers … Read the full press release

University of Exeter, Peruvian officials to develop new protection law for River dolphins and Amazonian manatees in Peru

DEVON, 17-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — River dolphins and Amazonian manatees in Peru will benefit from new protection thanks to a plan developed with help from the University of Exeter. Researchers from the University’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall worked with Peruvian officials … Read the full press release

University of Kent: new fossil finds indicate second species of human was alive at same time as early humans

KENT, 17-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Dr Tracy Kivell and Dr Matt Skinner from the School of Anthropology and Conservation have been involved in major research into new fossil finds in South Africa that indicate a second species of human was alive … Read the full press release

University of Kent: ground-breaking research can lead to new generation of higher-powered batteries

KENT, 17-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — A new generation of higher-powered batteries for phones and cameras could result from ground-breaking research led by University scientists. Researchers from the University’s School of Physical Sciences (SPS), working with scientists from other European institutions, formulated … Read the full press release

Scientists and engineers to discuss the threat posed by asteroids and comets at the 5th Planetary Defence Conference (PDC) in Tokyo

Space experts to meet in Tokyo to discuss ways to deflect asteroids TOKYO, Japan, 17-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Scientists and engineers from all over the world will gather from 15 to 19 May in Tokyo, Japan, at the 5th Planetary Defence … Read the full press release

UCL-led study: Scientists closer to understanding the genetic causes of type 2 diabetes

Scientists are closer to understanding the genetic causes of type 2 diabetes by identifying 111 new chromosome locations (‘loci’) on the human genome that indicate susceptibility to the disease, according to a UCL-led study in collaboration with Imperial College London.  … Read the full press release

University of Southampton researchers developed interactive website that helps reduce dizziness

SOUTHAMPTON, 10-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — An interactive website developed by health psychology and primary care researchers at the University of Southampton has been shown to reduce dizziness amongst adults aged 50 and above. Results of a study into the effectiveness … Read the full press release

LMU Munich and FSU Jena scientists managed to create mechanically stable pentacene nanosheets

No more error-prone evaporation deposition, drop casting or printing: Scientists at LMU Munich and FSU Jena have developed organic semiconductor nanosheets, which can easily be removed from a growth substrate and placed on other substrates. München, 10-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Today’s … Read the full press release

Four University of Bristol academics elected Fellows of the Royal Society

BRISTOL, 05-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Four University of Bristol academics have achieved the rare distinction of being elected Fellows of the world’s most eminent and oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, the Royal Society. Professor Sandu Popescu from the School of … Read the full press release

ALICE collaboration: proton collisions sometimes present similar patterns to those observed in the collisions of heavy nuclei

GENEVA, 27-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — In a paper published today in Nature Physics (link is external), the ALICE collaboration reports that proton collisions sometimes present similar patterns to those observed in the collisions of heavy nuclei. This behaviour was spotted through … Read the full press release

TedxExeter’s Sixth Annual Ideas Festival Sponsored by University of Exeter

EXETER, 21-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Inspiring ideas, which aim to turn hope into action, will be at the centre of a publicly-accessible event this month at TEDxExeter, sponsored by the University of Exeter. TEDx is the independently-organised local arm of TED, … Read the full press release

Online Computer Games Helped Scientists To Understand Animal Camouflage

EXETER, 21-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Online computer games played by more than 30,000 people have helped scientists understand animal camouflage and colour vision. Researchers from the University of Exeter wanted to know why many animals are dichromats (having two types of … Read the full press release

UK Scientists To Gather Data on Geoenergy Technologies

New £31 million research facilities will see UK scientists gather critical data on the use of geoenergy technologies to help meet energy needs. SWINDON, 21-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Meeting future energy demand for the UK will require new technologies. These may … Read the full press release

Pioneering Digital Learning Initiative Brings GP Surgery to the Classroom

ABERDEEN, 20-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — A pioneering digital learning initiative that aims to encourage new medical students to consider a career in general practice has brought the GP surgery into the classroom. A shortage of GPs is predicted in Scotland within … Read the full press release

University of Warwick to Honor Notable persons in science and technology

COVENTRY, 20-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — A space plane designer, someone who manipulated individual atoms to form what became an iconic image, and a leading policy maker on global climate change are among those to receive honorary degrees from the University of … Read the full press release

University of Warwick Partners With Also Festival To Bring Festival for the Mind in Warwickshire

COVENTRY, 20-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The University of Warwick has partnered with Also Festival to help bring to life the biggest and boldest ideas from art, science, psychology and philosophy with immersive talks and experiences lake-side, in a leafy Warwickshire setting. … Read the full press release

Physicists Observe Quantum Effects That Limits Photons Emitted

Physicists in Garching observe novel quantum effect that limits the number of emitted photons. MUNICH, 20-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The probability to find a certain number of photons inside a laser pulse usually corresponds to a classical distribution of independent events, … Read the full press release

Magnesium Holds Key To Preventing Bone Fractures in Middle-aged and Elderly People

Magnesium could hold the key to preventing one of the most preventable causes of disability in middle-aged to elderly people, according to new research led by academics at the Universities of Bristol and Eastern Finland. BRISTOL, 19-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Bone … Read the full press release

Bristol Student Embarks On Mission to Paint 270 Species of Bee in the UK

A University of Bristol student has embarked on a mission to paint and draw some of the 270 species of bee in the UK, thanks to an award from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. BRISTOL, 19-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Freya Cohen, … Read the full press release

New Study Shows Immune System Can Spot Changes in Identity of Cancer Antigens

BIRMINGHAM, 19-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — A new study has identified novel mechanisms whereby T cells may be able to distinguish an emerging class of targets specifically increased on cancer cells. The study, carried out by researchers from the University of Birmingham … Read the full press release

Elephants Demonstrate Awareness of their own Bodies

Asian elephants are able to recognise their bodies as obstacles to success in problem-solving, further strengthening evidence of their intelligence and self-awareness, according to a new study from the University of Cambridge. CAMBRIDGE, 19-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Self-awareness in both … Read the full press release

Drones Help Scientists Study Guatemalan Volcanoes

CAMBRIDGE, 19-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — A team of volcanologists and engineers from the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol has collected measurements from directly within volcanic clouds, together with visual and thermal images of inaccessible volcano peaks. During a ten-day research trip, … Read the full press release

Lab-Grown Miniature Womb Lining Provides New Insights into Early Pregnancy and Menstrual Cycle

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have succeeded in growing miniature functional models of the lining of the womb (uterus) in culture. These organoids, as they are known, could provide new insights into the early stages of pregnancy and conditions … Read the full press release

New Research shows Honest Behavior Can be Influenced by Brain Stimulation

Researchers at the University of Zurich have identified the brain mechanism that governs decisions between honesty and self-interest. Using non-invasive brain stimulation, they could even increase honest behavior. ZURICH, 18-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Honesty plays a key role in social … Read the full press release

Nottingham Doctoral Student’s Thesis on Electric Aircraft Wins Best Clean Sky Award

NOTTINGHAM, 18-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Dr Fei Gao, who just completed his doctorate at The University of Nottingham, has won the Best Clean Sky PhD Award for his thesis in applied sciences and engineering for aeronautics. Dr Gao’s thesis is … Read the full press release

Working With a Robotic Arm is now safer with “skin” made from sensors

Delft, Netherlands, 14-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Partners from the Factory in a Day project have developed a prototype of a robotic arm that is completely covered with sensors. The idea is that this will make it virtually impossible for the arm … Read the full press release

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft: New cross-location research factory for microelectronics and nanoelectronics launched in Germany

MUNICH, 12-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — To reinforce the position of Europe’s semiconductor and electronics industry within global competition, eleven institutes within the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics have, together with two institutes within the Leibniz Association, come up with a concept for … Read the full press release