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Cities and supporting life

Fresh Thought on Forensic Science

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From enabling the dramatic arrest of Dr Crippen in 1910 to the quest to bring the killers of teenager Stephen Lawrence to justice, science has long established itself in the frontline of the fight against crime. But could it achieve even more? Under the energetic directorship of Dr Ruth Morgan, the UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences is rethinking how evidence is collected, analysed, interpreted and presented, while challenging assumptions that shape the search for the truth. Rooted in cutting-edge research and a unique teaching programme, the Centre harnesses skills from across UCL, collaborates with SES members and other universities,...
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HPC: An Astronomical Discovery

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Why do researchers need to use high performance computing (HPC)? What for? How can it assist their research? In the follow up to EPSRC’s awarding £12 million to help fund new HPC centres across SES institutions, we take a look at one project that has significantly benefited from GPU computing. Timothy Metcalf (SES Consortium Manager) sits down with Dr. Sergey Yurchenko (Senior Lecturer, UCL Physics and Astronomy) to talk about his research into Exoplanets as part of the Exomol group. Using SES HPC machine Emerald, Dr. Yurchenko and his team of scientists analyse large quantities of space data from telescopes…

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The Search for Another Earth

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Timothy Metcalf (SES Consortium Manager) sits down with Dr. Sergey Yurchenko (Senior Lecturer, UCL Physics and Astronomy) to talk about his research into Exoplanets as part of the Exomol group. Using SES HPC machine Emerald, Dr. Yurchenko and his team of scientists analyse large quantities of space data from telescopes such as Hubble to help determine where we may be able to find inhabitable planets in outer space. To find out more about Prof. Yurchenko’s work, read the case study and stay tuned for part two.

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Meeting the Needs of a Wireless World

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It’s hard to deny how much we depend on wireless communications – and one pace-setting spinout company is helping to make it possible through patented technology developed at UCL and Cambridge University. From schools, hospitals, airports and shopping malls, to sports stadia, music arenas, power stations and corporate HQs, Zinwave delivers unique optical-fibre solutions that allow high-quality wireless coverage to reach every part of a building or complex – however big it is, however tall it is and however far it extends underground. Zinwave’s success demonstrates not just how collaboration between academic institutions can lead to remarkable technical breakthroughs, but...
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Bringing HPC Alive

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Last Thursday 21st April, Oxford Advanced Research Computing (ARC) and SES hosted the annual ARC High Performance Computing Showcase at Oxford E-research Centre to feature some of the largest research projects utilising HPC in Oxford. With speakers from The University of Oxford, Swansea University, Lenovo, and Jacobs University, Bremen, the event showcased how researchers are tacking scientific challenges using HPC. Dr. Ben Evans (Swansea University) reprised last year's visit from Bloodhound SCC, updating guests on the design of their 1,000mph car and explaining how CFD has been essential to understanding phenomena in the accelerating stage of the vehicle (see simulation below). This information...
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Slowing the aging process

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By 2024, it’s estimated that over half of the population of the UK will be over 50 years old. That statistic has implications both for healthcare and for the benefits and pension costs that the UK will face: age-related illnesses that prevent people from working are expensive for society as a whole. One of the most challenging aspects of aging, currently, is deterioration in skeletal tissue mechanical function. Tendon disease is painful and debilitating, and its impact on mobility can contribute to a general health decline. With that in mind, researchers at UCL are attempting to identify causes of the...
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From biodiesel to detergents

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At the University of Oxford, Nathalie Willems is using the Emerald supercomputer in research that could bring about major benefits in a number of industrial areas, leading to processes that are not only more efficient and cost effective but also better for the environment. Background Lipases perform a vital role in living organisms, breaking down large molecules of fat, for example, in the human digestive system. Lipase enzymes are used in countless industrial processes, ranging from paper to biodiesel production. They are used in detergents and to improve the quality of drug manufacturing. Lipases are proteins that act as biological...
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