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Find out about exciting research taking place at the University in these short videos

Thursday 5th Dec 2019, 12.30pm

Our mysterious ocean floor

Oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth's surface, yet only 15% of the ocean floor has been mapped in detail. Much remains unknown, including the location of potentially hundreds of thousands of seamounts, which can be hazardous to navigation.

Thursday 7th Nov 2019, 12.30pm

How do unborn babies and mothers communicate via the placenta?

The placenta is a fascinating organ, which allows communication between mother and foetus through the release of bubble-like vesicles. Could the messages within these vesicles provide an early warning of diseases such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia? Scientists at the University of...

Thursday 3rd Oct 2019, 09.00am

Can we make a sensor that can match a sniffer dog?

When it comes to sensing potentially-dangerous vapours, sniffer dogs are still considered the gold standard. In this animation we learn about chemiresistive sensors, a new type of sensor that may be able to match the noses of our furry friends.

Thursday 19th Sep 2019, 09.00am

Positioning in challenging environments

From driving, to crop harvesting and timing in the financial markets, many aspects of our modern lives are reliant on GPS.

But, although they are everywhere, high frequency radio waves have a flaw. They are blocked by solid objects – like buildings – so they can’t reach everywhere. 

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Explore The Big Questions with experts from around the University

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Wednesday 15th Jan 2020, 12.30pm

Can we stop ageing?

We’re pretty obsessed with the concept of ageing. Ancient civilizations supposedly sought an ‘elixir of life’, and today many of us get hung up on finding a way to ‘younger looking skin’… But what’s the science behind ageing? What determines the life expectancy of a species and – time for the '...

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Wednesday 1st Jan 2020, 12.30pm

Why do diets fail?

It's a new year (and a new decade!) and many of us will be looking to turn over a new leaf when it comes to diet and lifestyle. But - as anyone who's tried one will know - diets are VERY difficult to stick to.