June 21, 2005

Detecting cracked rails

Writing about web page http://www.research-tv.com/stories/technology/railtrack/

The enquiry into the Hatfield rail crash of October 2000 revealed that nearly two years earlier, engineers had identified a form of fatigue called gauge corner cracking in the rail which eventually broke and caused the crash.

Researchers at the University of Warwick’s Department of Physics have developed a technique to detect and measure gauge corner cracking and other rail defects by using ultrasound waves.

A short film about the research is available on the Research-TV website – the link above will take you to more information

May 31, 2005

New Range of Plant DNA Libraries Provides Massive Boost to World's Plant Researchers

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE100000010818/

Researchers at the University of Warwick's horticultural research arm Warwick HRI have created an extensive new range of libraries of plant DNA that will provide a massive boost to the world's plant researchers. The new collection of DNA libraries is the largest of its type in the world and will provide researchers with a unique resource.

The Warwick researchers have set up a new spin out company "Warwick Plant Genomic Libraries Limited" to develop this powerful new resource for plant researchers. It will be of particular benefit to academic researchers, scientists working in agriculture and horticulture and also to pharmaceutical research teams interested in the medicinal properties of plants.

May 24, 2005

Most People in High Value Homes Can Afford Local Taxes

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000107781/

The value of property is linked more closely to income and ability to pay tax than many people think, according to new research by the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick.

With council tax still a hot issue, a study sponsored by the ESRC and led by Dr Michael Orton, of the University of Warwick, found that the problem of people on low incomes living in high value properties may also be less common than often assumed.

Dr. Orton said: "We found that for owner-occupiers there is overall a clear and positive relationship between household income and property value, with few exceptions. This remains the case when different measures of property value are used, and is the same for couples or single people.

May 17, 2005

Manuscript Poetry – The Early Voice of Feminism?

Writing about web page http://www.research-tv.com/stories/creative/womens_poetry/

After 400 years of obscurity, some of Britain's earliest women writers are brought to press, triumphing over centuries of disadvantage that kept their work from public view.

Researchers from the University's department of English and Comparative Literature, working with colleagues from Birmingham and London, have published an anthology of 14 neglected women poets writing between 1589 and 1706.

Early Modern Women's Manuscript Poetry allows us to hear the female voices that otherwise would have been lost to history.

You can listen to extracts from the anthology by watching the Research TV report at the site above.

May 13, 2005

University of Warwick Wins £4.1 Million Centre to Boost UK Statistics Research

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000107331/

The University of Warwick has been awarded £4.1 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a new research centre designed to boost UK statistics research and ensure that the discipline attracts many more young bright researchers.

April 27, 2005

Life On A Knife's Edge

Professor Sir Peter Morris, former President of Royal College of Surgeons of England and Nuffield Professor of Surgery Emeritus will be coming to Warwick Medical School to present a seminar, 'Life On A Knife's Edge'.

Date: Tuesday 3rd May

*Venue: *Medical Teaching Centre, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill
Time: 6pm, followed by Wine Reception at 7pm.

Sir Peter pioneered renal transplant surgery in the UK, and is responsible for the way such operations are now performed nationwide, giving hundreds of patients a new lease to life each year.

It is not everyday that we can get a highly recognised man as Sir Peter to come and give a talk at our University, and as such, the organisers, Warwick Medical Society and Warwick Medical School invite all staff, students, surgeons and clinicians to share Sir Peter's remarkable story. It will be some sort of life story, and not academic, so the invite is open to staff and students of non-(Bio)medical departments who would also be interested, for whatever reason – perhaps close family or friend who has had a kidney transplant for instance.

So that we may plan for numbers, I would be grateful if you could e-mail J.K.K.Patel@warwick.ac.uk. You can also e-mail me at that address if you have any questions.

MB ChB, Year 1
Secretary, Warwick Medical Society

April 26, 2005

New Study Shows Simple Actions Wipe Out Huge Higher Heart Risks For Asian Diabetics

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000106274/

New research, to be revealed on Tuesday 26th of April at the launch of the University of Warwick Medical School's new Clinical Sciences Research Institute at the University Hospital campus at Walsgrave in Coventry, has shown that very simple interventions to target the health care of UK Asian diabetics can almost wipe out the 40% higher risks of heart disease linked to diabetes in that community.

April 14, 2005

Physicists Trash Turbulence Lab & Turn Pleasant Stream Into Raging Torrent

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000105704/

Researchers at the University of Warwick have trashed the world's biggest turbulence lab by turning a pleasant stream into a raging torrent – but they say their actions will lead to new understandings in one of the main unsolved problems in physics- turbulence.

April 13, 2005

Did Einstein get it wrong?

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1456590,00.html

A century after Albert Einstein published his most famous ideas, physicists will today commemorate the occasion by trying to demolish one of them.
Astronomers will tell experts gathering at Warwick University to celebrate the anniversary of the great man's "miracle year" that the speed of light – Einstein's unchanging yardstick that underpins his special theory of relativity – might be slowing down.

Find out more about Physics at Warwick

April 04, 2005

Scientists find viruses can't stick to sea bugs in the dark

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000105324/

Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, in the seas are as vital to the survival of life on earth as the oxygen producing plants are on land. But marine bacteria are attacked by viruses, which can seriously affect their life-sustaining abilities but now a researcher at the University of Warwick has discovered that these viruses don't work in the dark, according to research presented today (Monday, 04 April 2005) at the Society for General Microbiology's 156th Meeting in Edinburgh.

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