Fibre-optics World Record is No Hollow Victory

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A whole array of game-changing, life-shaping technologies, from long-distance telecommunications to laser surgery, have a key component in common: fibre optics that carry pulses of light to their destination at incredible speed. A University of Southampton team are now focusing on the next big step forward – hollow-core fibres (HCFs) – and last year shattered a longstanding world record to push the capabilities of these to a new level. Developing HCFs and readying them for real-world use is the mission of the £6 million AirGuide Photonics programme, led by Southampton and involving a high-powered consortium of industrial and academic partners,...
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SES universities receive a boost to tackle major research and societal challenges

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75 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across the UK are set to receive over £800 million in support from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and industry partners; part of an increased research and development investment to boost the UK economy and deliver scientific excellence. 24 CDTs led by SES universities will soon benefit from UKRI’s funding of £446 million across 75 centres that will develop skills, bring innovation, and build better lives for UK citizens. The investment has been furthered by £386 million (committed through either cash or in-kind support) from 1,400 Industry partners.  In total, over 1/3 of the...
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The Link Between Brain Waste and Alzheimer’s

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Prof. Roxana Carare on how the build-up of plaque in the brain could be the key to Alzheimer's research Roxana Carare is a medically qualified Professor of Clinical Neuroanatomy and experimental neuropathology at the University of Southampton.  Roxana leads interdisciplinary, international research on neuroanatomy and neuropathology, demonstrating the unique lymphatic drainage pathways by which fluid and soluble amyloid are eliminated from the brain along basement membranes within the walls of cerebral capillaries and arteries (Intramural Periarterial Drainage Pathways, IPAD). She currently leads Carare Group, with Professor Roy O. Weller as group mentor, at the University of Southampton. You’ve had quite the...
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£14 million Helps UK Catalysis Hub React to Key Scientific Challenges

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A new £14 million investment into the UK’s Catalysis Hub (launched in 2013) that will support a nationwide research programme was announced yesterday by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Centred at the Research Complex at the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire, the Hub will co-ordinate a collaborative research program across the UK. The Hub's collaborating partners include SES members the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Southampton, Queen Mary University of London, UCL and Imperial College London. The University of Bath, Cardiff University, and The University of Manchester will lead three of the Hub's themes, with 25 universities directly involved in projects...
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SES Open: Data Mining – exploring the ethical dilemmas

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Open Science is a contemporary and relevant theme across the UK research landscape. This year we're hosting a series of exciting events that directly engage with the practice of opening up science. From opening up the discussion on  representation of women and people of diverse backgrounds in research, to providing a forum for debate on the opportunities and struggles in mining or storing data, we invite scientists, staff, students, policymakers, scholars and stakeholders in science and education to join us. Data mining: exploring the ethical dilemmas focussed on researchers who employ data mining techniques in their work. In this thematic...
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Guest Post: A Vision of the Future

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Susan Sun is a PhD student in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and its Applications at the University of Southampton. Her interest is in solar PV and battery systems, and for what cases second-life electric vehicle batteries can truly deliver both financial and environmental benefits. On 14th June, Science and Engineering South held an event on Data Mining: Exploring the Ethical Dilemmas with the University of Southampton. I went because I really hate targeted ads, and yes, I'm one of those people in a moral panic about machine learning perpetuating existing inequalities. However, I‘d also like everyone's...
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Improving Research Workflows by Enabling High-speed Data Transfers

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With the volume of data generated from research increasing rapidly and affecting a wider variety of fields and disciplines than ever before, the requirement for transferring large volumes of data is now widespread. One of the ways that institutions are aiming to satisfy this need is to reduce the network impediments that affect the end-to-end speed at which research data can be transferred between the lab, computational and storage facilities. The University of Southampton, as a member of the Science & Engineering South Consortium (SES) and in partnership with Jisc and Diamond Light Source, has been running a pilot project...
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Interview: Dr. Richard Boardman

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Getting from A to B How High-speed Data Transfer Could Power Science Dr. Richard Boardman from the µ-VIS Centre for Computed Tomography (an X-Ray Imaging Centre providing support to the Engineering, Biomedical, Environmental and Archaeological Sciences at the University of Southampton) discuses how improving institutional data transfer speeds could lead to more efficient research. The pilot project setup by The University of Southampton, Diamond Light Source, the Science and Engineering South Consortium and Jisc was recently showcased in a workshop event at the University of Southampton’s Boldrewood campus. What's your experience of working with large datasets? We're used to handling...
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When Cars Get Smart

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Keep a steady speed. Anticipate what’s ahead. Where possible, coast to slow down. When accelerating, do it gently. Driving tips like these don’t just reduce your fuel usage and save you money – they also cut carbon emissions and help tackle climate change. It’s win-win. But is boosting fuel efficiency on our roads simply a question of us becoming more ‘savvy’ when we’re behind the wheel, or do cars need to get smarter too? In fact, both have a big role to play. That’s the starting point for G-Active, a collaboration between SES members the University of Southampton and Imperial...
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Trailblazing Training Adds to Chemistry’s Attraction

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When designing new molecules for pharmaceutical and other uses, the key is to combine the right elements in the right way. The same is true of the training vital to nurturing the skills needed to make it happen.     A perfect example has seen Southampton University join forces with Oxford and Bristol to establish an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) integrating two vital aspects of chemistry in a powerful new way. With strong links to industry ensuring its work feeds into the real economy, the Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences (TMCS) CDT is producing tomorrow’s research leaders and equipping...
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