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Dr Juan Perez Torreglosa | eCCoSHIP (project UHU-202051): A New Heat Recovery System to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Shipping

Dr Juan Perez Torreglosa | eCCoSHIP (project UHU-202051): A New Heat Recovery System to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Shipping

Shipping is a major contributor to climate change, responsible for emitting almost 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. If global shipping were a country, it would be the sixth largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, surpassed only by the USA, China, India, Japan, and Russia. The majority of commercial shipping fleets use high-power diesel engines for propulsion. About half of the energy generated by these diesel engines is lost as heat through the exhaust gases, leading to reduced efficiency and increased emissions per journey. Alongside a multidisciplinary team, Dr Juan Perez Torreglosa of the University of Huelva is exploring how to effectively capture heat energy from exhaust gases, converting it into electricity.

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Dr Rachel Kallen – Dr Michael Richardson | Stepping into the Future: Enhancing Interactions Between Humans and Machines

Dr Rachel Kallen – Dr Michael Richardson | Stepping into the Future: Enhancing Interactions Between Humans and Machines

Over the last few decades, technology has become an integral part of our lives. Although society has largely embraced this leap, many people don’t believe that machines can perform on an equal level to humans. Dr Michael Richardson and Dr Rachel Kallen at Macquarie University in Sydney explore how machines can be developed to interact naturally and effectively with humans.

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Dr Kei Toyota | A New Way to Create Conductive Polymers for Technological Applications

Dr Kei Toyota | A New Way to Create Conductive Polymers for Technological Applications

Polymers, made from incredibly long chains of smaller molecules, make up many materials used in the modern world. From simple plastics to medical devices and solar cells, polymers represent a diverse and exciting area of science. The majority of polymers are made from carbon-based molecules. Perhaps even more fascinating are hybrid polymers, which are composed of both carbon-based and metal-based components. Hybrid polymers have unique properties, such as conductivity, making them especially desirable for new technologies. Dr Kei Toyota at the Panasonic Corporation in Osaka, Japan, has been investigating new ways to develop hybrid polymers.

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Dr Philip Norcott | Improving Nuclear Magnetic Resonance with SABRE-DREAM

Dr Philip Norcott | Improving Nuclear Magnetic Resonance with SABRE-DREAM

Opioid use disorder has been on the rise in the USA, fueled by an increased availability of fentanyl and other opioids. Current gold-standard treatments involve using opioid agonist drugs, such as methadone or buprenorphine alone or in combination with opioid antagonists, to address cravings and withdrawal. However, these treatments suffer from high levels of patient relapse and can pose safety risks. A promising alternative lies in using hallucinogenic compounds that can enable ‘neuroplasticity’, which means changing the brain’s neural architecture, potentially allowing patients to overcome their addictive behaviors.

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Sara Stančin – Sašo Tomažič  | Improving 3D Orientation Tracking in Gyroscope Sensors

Sara Stančin – Sašo Tomažič | Improving 3D Orientation Tracking in Gyroscope Sensors

Gyroscopes are widely used to measure the orientations and rotation speeds of moving objects – but according to one pair of researchers, the techniques we currently use to measure them are introducing significant and easily avoidable errors. Through their research, Dr Sara Stančin and Dr Sašo Tomažič, both at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, introduce a mathematical framework which accounts for how all three rotations measured by a gyroscope happen simultaneously, rather than in a sequence.

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Dr Alan Litchfield | Jeff Herbert – ReSOLV: Preventing Software Piracy with Cryptocurrency Blockchain Technology

Dr Alan Litchfield | Jeff Herbert – ReSOLV: Preventing Software Piracy with Cryptocurrency Blockchain Technology

Software piracy is a large and growing problem. The methods used to combat it are becoming increasingly complex as technology evolves, costing software publishers and users billions of dollars each year. Dr Alan Litchfield from the Auckland University of Technology and Jeff Herbert from Cybercraft, New Zealand, have developed a new method to suppress software piracy called ReSOLV. In this video, learn more about their innovative software validation method, which is based on cryptocurrency blockchain technology.

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Dr Thomas Arciuolo | Dr Miad Faezipour – Yellowstone Caldera Supervolcano

Dr Thomas Arciuolo | Dr Miad Faezipour – Yellowstone Caldera Supervolcano – A Solution to the Climate and Energy Crisis

The global climate crisis poses a major threat to human civilisation. The combustion of fossil fuels to generate energy is the primary cause of this crisis, due to the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. At the same time, the Earth faces another great crisis. Underneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA, lies one of Earth’s most powerful volcanoes, which has the potential for an eruption that would be catastrophic to the entire world. Researchers Dr Thomas Arciuolo and Dr Miad Faezipour propose a solution to both of these problems, by harnessing the mighty energy reserve within the Yellowstone Supervolcano to generate clean, emission-free power – turning the Yellowstone curse into an immense blessing.

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Eric Hinterman | Optimising Oxygen Production on Mars

Eric Hinterman | Optimising Oxygen Production on Mars

The first human mission to Mars may not be far away, but many preparations still need to be made to ensure the safety of crews once they arrive. One of the key requirements of these missions will be producing a steady supply of oxygen. This will allow crews to survive inside their habitats on the Martian surface, while also providing propellant for a Mars Ascent Vehicle, allowing them to return home.

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