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Keeping schtum – the unsolved secret of David Jones’ perpetual motion machine

Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff, long standing friend and academic colleague of the late David Jones, has vowed to keep his best kept secret – how his famous perpetual motion machine works. This week Sir Martyn was filmed by the BBC’s Inside Out team opening the brown envelope left by David Jones in his will to …

Yesterday’s ‘red sky’ seen at the microscale

Images of particles from yesterday’s ‘red sky’ have been produced at the microscale by University of Nottingham geologist Dr Beth Steer. The particles, collected from her car after the dust was rained out of the atmosphere were put under a scanning electron microscope using energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry to detect elemental abundances. Having analysed the samples …

The Ada Lovelace effect

The Ada Lovelace effect Ada Lovelace, the ‘Countess of Computing’, was born in London on 10 December 1815. The daughter of Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace was a gifted mathematician recognised for creating the first computer programme and forseeing a digital future. Every year scientists across the world mark Ada Lovelace Day – which is being …

The SS Thistlegorm: Bringing the sunken secrets of WWII to the surface

A new website will let people explore one of the world’s most famous diving sites on their phones or home computers thanks to a 3D virtual reality project. The new website, which launches on Friday 6 October, will give visitors the chance to explore the wreckage of the SS Thistlegorm, a British merchant steam ship …

The 3D selfie is here!

Computer scientists at the University of Nottingham and Kingston University have solved a complex problem that has, until now, defeated experts in vision and graphics research. They have developed technology capable of producing 3D facial reconstruction from a single 2D image – the 3D selfie. Their new web app allows people to upload a single …

More than 40 million people are trapped in slavery across the globe: shocking new figures reveal the true scale of modern slavery.

A Nottingham slavery expert has contributed to research published on Tuesday (19 September 2017)  revealing that there are 40 million victims of modern slavery and 152 million in child labour around the world. The research was developed jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization …

Farewell Professor Sir David

A series of events and special celebrations are taking place to mark the retirement of Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham. Sir David’s tenure as Vice-Chancellor is the culmination of a thirty-year commitment to the University of Nottingham and he has led the institution with great distinction at a time of …

Celebrating 20 years of improving treatment of skin diseases

“It’s like putting an octopus into a string bag,” says Professor Hywel Williams, the visionary founder of Cochrane Skin, a global network of people committed to producing reviews of trials relating to skin conditions, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. “The octopus represents the many arms of global dermatology research but gathering it all …

Bridging the Gaps – Antimicrobial Resistance Conference 7-8 September

New research collaborations to address the challenges posed by Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will be highlighted at a two-day conference at the University of Nottingham on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September 2017. This will be the final event of the antimicrobial resistance programme Bridging the Gaps which was set up to pump prime new studies …

NUAST celebrates its best ever GCSE results

Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST) is celebrating its best ever GCSE results with amazing individual achievements and very strong overall figures. NUAST students have achieved well above the national average across all subjects with Maths, Science and Engineering results proving to be particularly strong. Early indications suggest that NUAST may be in the …