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"Evolving electronics" could lead to new electrical devices

Scientists at Durham University, UK, have “taught” materials to form electrical pathways in order to solve a simple problem, which could eventually lead to new electronic devices. Taking their inspiration from nature, where living organisms evolve to perform complex tasks, the researchers trained tiny carbon nanotubes, suspended in a liquid crystal solution, to form new electrical pathways to sort data into two categories. When varying electrical voltages were applied to the material using a computer programme, the carbon nanotubes changed position within the solution creating new electrical circuits and increasing its ability to solve the task over time.

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How gaming technology could hack crime scene investigations

Mehzeb Chowdhury from the School of Applied Social Sciences, looks at how building your own 3D scanner using technology from an Xbox, may significantly reduce the cost of crime scene technologies for thousands of police forces across the world.

(18 Oct 2016) » More about how gaming technology could hack crime scene investigations

Trump and tram reactions show social media's complex role in responding to sexual harassment

Dr Fiona Vera-Gray, from Durham's Centre for Gender Equal Media and Dr Bianca Fileborn, from La Trobe University, Australia use recent high-profile cases to examine the use of social media as a way to speak out about experiences of sexual violence.

(13 Oct 2016) » More about Trump and tram reactions show social media's complex role in responding to sexual harassment

One edition of Vogue featuring 'real women' will not solve the problem of body image

Lynda Boothroyd, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, explains how television, film, magazines (like Vogue) and advertisements – may play a key role in perpetuating and spreading body ideals.

(12 Oct 2016) » More about one edition of Vogue featuring 'real women' will not solve the problem of body image


Celebrate Science 2016

Tuesday 25 - Thursday 27 October
Enjoy a great half term day out for all the family! Celebrate Science is back with another 3 fun-packed and fascinating days of FREE childrens events, activities, workshops and experiments celebrating science!
Come along to the 'Celebrate Science' Marquee on Palace Green, where a wide range of free science themed activities will be taking place. Shining a light on lung disease, take a tour of the night sky and enjoy optical illusions. Children are invited to to carry out amazing experiments, participate in astonishing hands-on activities and create their very own inventions, with University experts on hand to answer questions from visitors on everything from molten lava to time travel!

Teaching Excellence Framework Lecture

Professor David Greatbatch (DUBS) will deliver a lecture on the Teaching Excellence Framework. The lecture will assess the most up-to-date research and current thinking on teaching quality in higher education and issues relating to assessing Teaching Excellence in HE.

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Performing the Racial Scale in the...

The casting of the “black” actor, Zoe Saldana, as the “black” singer, Nina Simone, in a recent film caused something of an uproar: Saldana, it was claimed, was not black enough and so wore skin-darkening make-up (“blackface”) and a prosthetic nose. These are not new issues. In order to open up the question of the racial scale at work in the theatre, Dr Julia Prest (University of St Andrews) proposes to compare the experiences of two female singer-actors who participated in the vibrant theatrical tradition in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) in the 1780s. This lecture is free and open to all.

From lectures, conferences and exhibitions, to concerts, plays and family activities, see our full programme of events on the What's On Guide.

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Upcoming Web Chats

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Winter Congregation 2017

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