College of Science & Engineering

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News and Events from the College of Science and Engineering.

Dinosaur specialist awarded Tam Dalyell Prize

The University’s annual prize for engaging the public with science has been awarded to palaeontologist Dr Steve Brusatte.

Genome lab awarded international quality stamp

The University of Edinburgh’s DNA sequencing facility has received an internationally-recognised accreditation to mark the quality of its genome analysis services.

Tobacco shops on rise in poorest Scottish areas

Young people in Scotland’s poorest neighbourhoods are increasingly likely to encounter tobacco products in their area, a study suggests.

Conservation aims set out ahead of UN summit

Conservationists broadly agree on goals for protecting the natural world – but not how to move towards them, a survey shows.

Elements can be solid and liquid at the same time

Scientists have discovered a new state of physical matter in which atoms can exist as both solid and liquid simultaneously.

Jurassic crocodile sheds light on family tree

A newly identified species of 150 million-year-old marine crocodile has given insights into how a group of ancient animals evolved.

Researchers play key role in Science Festival

Experts from across the University are sharing their knowledge with audiences at the annual Edinburgh Science Festival.

Edinburgh’s forgotten astronomer, Charles Piazzi Smyth

A fascinating free new exhibition – part of a year-long series of events - opens in Edinburgh aiming to establish Charles Piazzi Smyth’s place in Edinburgh’s history.

Amazon rainforest could become trade war casualty

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest could accelerate as a result of the US-China trade war, researchers have warned.

Smartphone test spots poisoned water risk

A smartphone device could help millions of people avoid drinking water contaminated by arsenic.

Supercomputer sheds light on how droplets merge

Scientists have revealed the precise molecular mechanisms that cause drops of liquid to combine, in a discovery that could have a range of applications.

Male fish can thank genes for colourful looks

Striking traits seen only in males of some species – such as colourful peacock feathers or butterfly wings – are partly explained by gene behaviour, research suggests.

Academics Unplugged - Dr Amy Wilson

Dr Amy Wilson from the Centre for Statistics, School of Mathematics delivers our next Academics Unplugged talk looking at traces of cocaine on banknotes.

IPCC panel discussion being hosted by the University

The University is to host a panel discussion with members of the world’s leading group of climate scientists on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

Deep-water coral reef faces growing threat from plastic pollution

Marine pollution, including fragments of fishing equipment and tiny pieces of plastic, have been found inside animals living on Scotland’s only inshore deep-water coral reef.

Test centre to bring tidal technology on stream

A £2.4 million engineering research facility will seek to speed the development of materials and structures for tidal energy, transport and other industries.

Scientists shed light on make-up of Earth’s core

Experiments conducted at extreme conditions are giving scientists new insights into the chemical make-up of the Earth’s core.

£79m supercomputer set to boost UK capability

The University is to host a £79 million national supercomputer that will be five times quicker than the UK’s current capabilities.

Academics Unplugged - Dr Job Thijssen

Dr Job Thijssen, from the School of Physics & Astronomy will present his talk - Soft materials for energy applications: how squidgy materials can help make better batteries.

Records prompt rethink of evolution milestone

Scientists are rethinking a major milestone in animal evolution, after gaining fresh insights into how life on Earth diversified millions of years ago.

Cell mechanism linked to healthy development

Scientists have shed light on how healthy cells develop by identifying the role of key molecules involved.

Scientists to investigate how volcanic activity is affected by obstacles inside the Earth

Dr Lara Kalnins leads a interdisciplinary study investigating how warm materials, rising from deep in the Earth's mantle, negotiate subducted tectonic plates and how this affects the volcanic events we see on the surface.

Support for AI boosts postgraduate researchers

Postgraduate programmes in artificial intelligence at the University are being supported as part of a package of funding announced by the UK Government.

Smart home systems need to improve security

The security of smart domestic appliances that can be managed remotely must be improved to better protect users’ privacy, research suggests.

Academics Unplugged - Prof Evelyn Telfer

Professor Evelyn Telfer, from the Institute of Cell Biology and CDBS at the School of Biological Sciences will present her talk - Lab grown human eggs: a new way to preserve fertility.

Engineering students compete at world's largest ice and snow sculpture competition in China

This January, two students from the School of Engineering travelled to Harbin Engineering University in China to compete in a world-famous ice and snow sculpture competition as part of a multidisciplinary University team.

Land use delays could hamper climate efforts

Global climate change targets are unlikely to be met because of delays in changes to land use, Edinburgh researchers say.

Device could deliver wave energy to thousands

A wave energy technology is being developed that could help generate low-cost electricity for thousands of houses.

Electronic owls to monitor park use

Model owls roosting in parks are to be equipped with Wi-Fi hotspots to help experts better understand how the spaces are used.

Student YouTube star makes DIY robotics look easy as Pi

A first-year University student has become an online sensation, offering expert advice on DIY robotics and computer programming.

Physicists play key role in nuclear project

A study of the Universe involving Edinburgh physicists could help to improve global security.

Innovation in Education award for China-UK Low Carbon College

China-UK Low Carbon College (LCC) won the award for Innovation in Education at the China-Scotland Business Council Awards. 

Iron-rich planet formed after worlds collided

A head-on collision between distant worlds led to the formation of an iron-rich planet nearly ten times as heavy as Earth, a study shows.

Innovation focus for PhD training centres

Three training centres are to equip PhD students with skills to tackle key challenges in engineering and the physical sciences.

Academics Unplugged Talk - Prof Jason Reese

The latest in our series of lunchtime research lectures will see Professor Jason Reese from the School of Engineering deliver his talk: 'A World in a Grain of Sand': why the particular matters.

Our Health - Interdisciplinary Community-University Research Programme

Our Health projects create community-based research that invites local communities to set real-world research questions and agendas around health and wellbeing.

North Sea rocks could act as energy stores

Rocks in the seabed off the UK coast could provide long-term storage locations for renewable energy production, new research suggests.

AI scientists team up with Japanese experts

University scientists are to collaborate with three major Japanese research institutes on artificial intelligence and robotics.

Social Responsibility and Sustainability Workshop for Staff and Students

The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability are running an afternoon workshop for interested staff and students within the College of Science and Engineering

City gardens help pollinating insects thrive

Gardens and allotments in towns and cities are a haven for insects that help plants to flourish, research has shown.

Scans reveal how world’s first dogs caught prey

Analysis of the skulls of lions, wolves and hyenas has helped scientists uncover how prehistoric dogs hunted 40 million years ago.

Academics Unplugged

Academics Unplugged is an opportunity for researchers to introduce their work to staff and students from across the College. These short talks provide the opportunity for University staff and students to engage directly with cutting-edge researchers.

Science on a Summer's Evening

Each year the College of Science and Engineering presents a special evening of lectures and hands-on science, showcasing exciting research at the University of Edinburgh.

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