Examples

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Amy Orben – Digital Connection

Technologies have become a staple component of twenty-first century social life. Social media platforms connect people around the globe, modern video games stream live events to millions of users and video calls help those experiencing ‘social distancing’ to keep in touch with friends and family.

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Alex Archibald – Change is in the Air

The future is uncertain. But we know that if we don’t think now about the legacy of our actions we won’t enjoy the prosperous future we deserve.

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Bill Broadhurst – The Answer Lies in the Soil

Writing this article in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, it might seem churlish to ask readers to focus their attention on another impending healthcare apocalypse. However, my academic research has applications in one such area:  the growing worldwide problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Graduate summer school on early-modern written Japanese (Dr Laura Moretti)

Early-modern Japan (1600-1867) witnessed the production of a vast amount of texts, both handwritten and commercially printed by means of woodblocks. These materials are the key to unlock a variety of disciplines when studying early-modern Japan, and yet they present multiple challenges.

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Dennis Lo – Messengers of Health

DNA molecules released by tissues deep within our bodies allow doctors to take a non-invasive glimpse into our health. This technology holds promise for early and safer detection of disorders, even from before birth, and throughout life.

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Emma Mackinnon – A Promise of Human Rights

Human rights are something we all have simply by virtue of our existence. Natural and universal, they are timeless.

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Kate Spence – Ancient Towns on the Nile

The past shapes our lives in so many ways. Identities, habits and responses are forged in relation to it, no matter how much we think our eyes are on the future.

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John Miles – Shared Transport

"The hallmark of a developed society is not that even the poor have cars. It is that even the affluent use public transport".

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Vinesh Maguire-Rajpaul – In Search of Exoplanets

In 1990, after travelling through the solar system for 13 years, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft turned to look back at the inner solar system and captured a final few images before its cameras lost power.

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Chris Burgoyne – Concrete and Bone: Life as a Structural Engineer

Structural engineering is sometimes described as the Second Oldest Profession; the human race has been building homes and bridges from time immemorial.

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Penny Watson – Making Dogs Well

‘Frustration drives development’. The theory, proposed in a book on child development that I read while on maternity leave, was that babies would never learn to crawl and walk unless they were frustrated with sitting still. It is also true in my veterinary clinical and research career.

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Anurag Agarwal – Aeroacoustics: Melody & Cacophony

Aeroacoustics is the science of sound induced by the flow of air; initial research in the field was motivated by the need to reduce aircraft noise.

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Alex Jeffrey – Making States, Drinking Coffee

Buses rumble past the roadside café where our meeting is taking place. The waiter brings over two copper trays of Bosnian coffee: on each an ornate coffee pot (džezva) sits alongside a cup (fildzan) and a cluster of sugar lumps.

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Laura Moretti – Japanese Early Modern Texts

Kyoto in the 1660s: here the thriving economy of early modern Japan had become the cradle of a robust consumer society.

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Chris Hunter – Programmable Plastics

Self-organisation is an intrinsic property of matter. Take any collection of molecules, and under the right conditions they will form an ordered arrangement.

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Alexandre Kabla – Herding Cells

Animals, including us, are most often studied as individuals. However, looking at them down a microscope, they can also be seen as societies of cells, surpassing the complexity of beehives or ant colonies, and far more harmonious than human societies.

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Nigel Peake – Sound and Silence: Understanding Aircraft Noise

If I had to summarise my research in a single sentence then I would say that I’m interested in waves of all kinds: how they are generated, how they propagate and how they interact with other objects.

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Liesbeth van Houts – Norman manuscripts in Emmanuel

Emmanuel's group of late eleventh- and early twelfth-century books, either imported from Normandy or copied in England by Norman scribes, bear testimony to the fresh literary impulses brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Frank Jiggins & John Maclennan – Genetics & Geology

The demand for places at lunch is not only driven by an appetite for the excellent food, but also by a recognition of the potential for discovery and enrichment, which cannot be found when eating sandwiches while hunched over a computer keyboard!

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Jon Simons – Exploring How the Brain Helps You Keep a Grip on Reality

During Gatherings of Members, it rarely takes long for people to start reminiscing about their time as undergraduates. Amusing (sometimes, bawdy) tales might be told about events that occurred many years in the past.

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Oke Odudu – The Forty-Nine Words

In 1998, my final year as an undergraduate, I was introduced to the text: ‘The following shall be prohibited as incompatible with the common market: all agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings and concerted practices which may affect trade between Member States and which have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the common market.’