All entries for April 2007

April 30, 2007

Artificial Snot Enhances Electronic Nose

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/artificial_snot_enhances/

Researchers at The University of Warwick and Leicester University have used an artificial snot (nasal mucus) to significantly enhance the performance of electronic noses.

The researchers have coated the sensors used by odour sensing “electronic noses” with a mix of polymers that mimics the action of the mucus in the natural nose. This greatly improves the performance of the electronic devices allowing them to pick out a more diverse range of smells.


April 24, 2007

Warwick Student Wins Place on Chinese Government Programme for Outstanding Youth

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/warwick_student_wins/

University of Warwick student Valerie Yating He, has won a place on a highly selective Chinese Government Programme for Outstanding Youth. The Programme, “The China Synergy Programme for Outstanding Youth” offers students of ethnic Chinese origin the chance to partake in a month long all expenses paid study visit to China to give them a range of current Chinese cultural experiences in China and brief them about the latest current socio-economical, technological and cultural developments in China.


April 23, 2007

Research says falls in housing and equity prices, not exchange rates help reduce US trade imbalances

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/research_says_falls/

Researchers at the University of Warwick and the European Central Bank have just published research that shows falls in US asset prices such as housing and equities have a substantially more important role for reducing US trade imbalances than changes in the US dollar exchange rate.


Editing the Complete Works of Shakespeare

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=completeworks.mp3

Professor Jonathan Bate discusses editing a new edition of the Complete Works of Shakespeare.

Summary:

Why is this a significant edition
Using the First Folio
Does editing the Complete Works bring new perspectives
How has the language and grammar changed
Is this a bawdier Shakespeare
How important is the historical context
Is this edition about the written word or performance
Do we underestimate the impact of actors and directors on Shakespeare
Should we muck about with the plays
Does this strengthen Shakespeare’s status


April 19, 2007

Expert Comment – French Elections

Expert Comment – the French Elections

Dr Jim Shields is a senior academic at the University of Warwick, as well as an experienced media commentator. He is currently in Paris covering the elections as part of his research on the far right wing of French Politics.

His telephone number in France is 07913 092034.

or

Richard Fern – Press Officer – 07876 217740


April 17, 2007

The University of Warwick Wins University Challenge

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/the_university_of/

The University of Warwick has won University Challenge.

Team captain Daisy Christodoulou led her team-mates Harold Wyber, Rory Gill and Prakash Patel to a closely fought victory over opponents Manchester University. The final score was an impressive 170 to 140.

You can also listen to an interview with the team:

Length: 13 minutes

Summary:
When and why did you decide to take part
Had you met before the competition
When was the first match
How did you conquer any nerves
Was there any point you thought you might actually win, earlier on
What’s it like filming an episode
Jeremy Paxman; tyrant or softie at heart
Did you meet anyone famous
Did your degrees help you with the questions
How did you prepare
The first time Warwick has won the competition
Would you like to do anything similar


April 13, 2007

Cholesterol busting statins and blood pressure

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=cholesterol.mp3

Professor Franco Cappuccio from Warwick Medical School talks about his recent research into the effects of cholesterol busting statins on blood pressure.

Length: 27 minutes

Summary:
What is cholesterol
Good and bad cholesterol
Dangers of high cholesterol
How can we fight it
What is a statin and how are they given to patients
Are cholesterol levels and high blood pressure often related
Why do statins reduce blood pressure
Quantify effects of statins compared with antihypertensive drugs
Are there any risks with statins
Have you any plans for future studies
Success of statins and antihypertensives as treatments


April 10, 2007

New research says electricity customers not seeing expected price benefits of competition

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/new_research_says_electricity_customers_not_seeing_expected_price_benefits_of_competition1/

New research by economists at the University of Warwick reveals that electricity customers are not seeing expected price benefits of increased competition and internet price searches in the sector.


April 05, 2007

Report to World Health Organisation says world’s food is still far too salty

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/report_to_world/

The world’s food is still far too salty and too many countries are still ignoring the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidelines on what should be a healthy level of salt in our daily diet according to Professor Franco Cappuccio of the University of Warwick’s Warwick Medical School.


Apnee Sehat awarded £38,000

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/apnee_sehat_awarded/

Apnee Sehat, a trailblazing scheme, supported by the University of Warwick, set up to tackle health inequalities in the South Asian population in South Warwickshire, today discovered that it will benefit from £38,500.


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