August 2017

Yawning — why is it so contagious and why should it matter?

New research that suggests the human propensity for contagious yawning is triggered automatically by primitive reflexes in the primary motor cortex — an area of the brain responsible for motor function.

University launches new dementia-friendly exercise class

A new weekly exercise class aimed at helping people with dementia to stay fit and active is being launched by researchers at the University of Nottingham. The class, which is free for an introductory period, is open to people with all types and stages of dementia and will offer the opportunity to exercise safely under the supervision of physiotherapists and fitness instructors experienced in working with people with dementia.

A big difference between Asian and African elephants is diet

There is a significant difference between the Asian elephant and the African forest elephant – and it isn't their size or the shape of their ears. It is about what they eat and this affects forest ecosystems.

Could extra rehabilitation help people return to work earlier after a stroke?

A research team led by the University of Nottingham is leading a major national trial to find out whether additional rehabilitation support for people who have had a stroke could help them to return to work earlier.

Calves should receive more pain relief during husbandry procedures, researchers find

Calves may not be receiving the right level of pain relief when undergoing routine animal husbandry procedures including castration and disbudding, new research has found.

Nottingham enters race to become European Capital of Culture 2023

Nottingham has confirmed that it is looking to bid for European Capital of Culture 2023, at a launch event held today (Wednesday 16 August 2017).

Research finds brain responses to lip-reading can benefit cochlear implant users

A world-first study has found that lip-reading may have a beneficial effect on the brain and on a person's ability to hear with a cochlear implant, contrary to what was previously believed. Currently, when someone receives a cochlear implant, clinical professionals delivering rehabilitation encourage them to focus on the sound only, and to avoid reliance on visual language (such as lip-reading) for fear that it will limit how well they are able to learn to hear with their cochlear implant.

Reactions in tiny containers – towards the world's smallest coaxial cable

As electronic devices continue to shrink to meet the demand for pocket sized and wearable technology, scientists are working to develop the minute components that make them work. A team at the University of Nottingham have developed a new approach for the preparation of a coaxial cable around 50,000 times narrower than the width of a human hair.

Surprise discovery in the search for energy efficient information storage

Today almost all information stored on hard disc drives or cloud servers is recorded in magnetic media, because it is non-volatile (i.e. it retains the information when power is switched off) and cheap. For portable devices such as mobile phones and tablets, other forms of non-magnetic memory are used because the technology based on magnetism is impractical and is not energy efficient. In an age of mass data storage and portable devices which collect and process information, the search is on to find smaller, faster, cheaper and more energy efficient ways, of both processing and storing increasing amounts of data.

Nottingham Vet School first in UK for student satisfaction in all areas

The University of Nottingham's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science is celebrating success that is unprecedented among UK Vet Schools in this year's National Student Survey.

Side effect to blood pressure drugs is genetically determined for some patients, study finds

New research has revealed that a small minority of patients are genetically predisposed to developing a side effect called thiazide induced hyponatraemia, a condition of low sodium salt concentration in the blood caused by thiazide diuretics.

Doctor 'sat nav' project gives new direction for out-of-hours care

The results of a research project run by the University of Nottingham which used the latest technology to track out-of-hours doctors have revealed significant improvements can be made to provide safer staffing levels and better patient care.

We're batty about our interns

From testing cricket bats to counting nocturnal mammals of the same name, more than 100 Nottingham students are making their mark on businesses in the region as part of a University scheme.Now in its fourth year The University of Nottingham Summer Internship scheme has grown to support 75 businesses with more than 105 students.

Biggest ever infra-red image of the sky

The largest infra-red image of the sky ever taken has been released today by astronomers from the University of Nottingham.The image is a whopping 1.5 million mega pixels and has detected nearly two billion stars and galaxies. It is the culmination of over ten years work on an international project to image the northern sky in the infra-red part of the spectrum.
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