article News story: QMUL student takes top prize at IBM Best Student Recognition event
29, July , 2015

A first year student from Queen Mary University of London has won a prestigious industry award for developing a smart solution to food waste.

article News story: How to feed and raise a Wikipedia robo-editor
11, December , 2015

Dr Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh from QMUL's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science looks at what it takes to teach an AI how to read natural human languages. 

This confocal microscopy image shows cilia (in red) are the thin hair-like structures only a few 100th of a millimetre long. article News story: Manipulating the antennae on cells promises new treatments for osteoarthritis
27, October , 2015

Bioengineers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have shown for the first time that lithium chloride, a common drug used to treat mental health disorders, could offer an effective treatment against osteoarthritis by disrupting the length of the cells’ antennae called primary cilia.

article News story: Researchers display their innovations at Wearable Technology Show
12, March , 2015

Wearable technologies, including a bag that tracks what’s in it, a jacket that helps people make introductions and a necklace that connects people in long-distance relationships, are among innovations being demonstrated by QMUL researchers at the Wearable Technology Show 2015.

article News story: School of Physics and Astronomy commended for commitment to gender equality
6, July , 2015

QMUL’s School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded Juno Champion Status by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in recognition of action they have taken to address the under-representation of women in university physics.

article News story: QMUL professor wins £300,000 research prize to help transform satellite and mobile communications
25, November , 2015

A world expert in antennae and electromagnetics from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been awarded a prestigious £300,000 international prize from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

article News story: QMUL backed model-building game Sodaconstructor launches Kickstarter
15, January , 2015

BAFTA-winning physics-based model building game Sodaconstructor has launched a Kickstarter to bring the constructor experience to a new generation through mobile.

article News story: CARDIS, a new European effort targeting mobile early-stage cardio vascular disease detection
12, March , 2015

QMUL has partnered with imec, Medtronic, Ghent University and others to launch the CARDIS project. Together they will develop and validate an early-stage cardiovascular disease detection platform using integrated silicon photonics.

article News story: Showcase of QMUL electronic engineering and computer science
28, April , 2015

Researchers from QMUL’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) presented some their research to colleagues and visitors at the Mile End Campus.

 Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 20 July 2015 article News story: Initial results from Rosetta comet mission revealed
31, July , 2015

Early results from the Rosetta spacecraft mission’s Philae lander, which successfully landed on a comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last year, have been published in the journal Science.

article News story: QMUL appoints new Vice Principal for Science and Engineering
10, June , 2015

Professor Edmund Burke will be QMUL's new Vice Principal (Science and Engineering) from September 2015.

One of the data centres at CERN. Image: CERN article News story: Number-crunching Higgs boson: meet the world's largest distributed computer grid
24, March , 2015

In an article which originally appeared on The Conversation, Dr Tom Whyntie explains how the world's largest distributed computer grid helped find the Higgs boson and what it'll be doing as the Large Hadron Collider is started up again.

The program could successfully identify a seagull, pigeon, flying bird and standing bird better than humans (Credit: Mathias Eitz, James Hays and Marc Alexa) article News story: New computer program first to recognise sketches more accurately than a human
20, July , 2015

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have built the first computer program that can recognise hand-drawn sketches better than humans.

article News story: QMUL PhD student stumbles upon a new way for producing oldest chemical compounds
27, October , 2015

A chemistry PhD student has found a simple way for the first time of producing two chemical compounds that were first discovered in late 19th century, entirely by accident. The discovery could have implications for fighting disease and growing crops, where the sulfur containing compounds called sultones and sultines, play a significant role.

article News story: Synthetic spider silk could be altered to be stronger or stretchier
28, May , 2015

After years of research decoding the complex structure and production of spider silk, researchers have now succeeded in producing samples of this exceptionally strong and resilient material in the laboratory. The new development could lead to a variety of biomedical materials — from sutures to scaffolding for organ replacements — made from synthesized silk with properties specifically tuned for their intended uses.

Dr Oussama Metatla accepting the award presented by the President of AT&T New York at the ADA 25th anniversary celebration event article News story: Team of QMUL researchers win award for software designed to help visually impaired audio producers
31, July , 2015

The Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration (DePIC) team has won the Award for Best Solution by a Large Organisation at the Connect Ability Challenge event, a software development competition focusing on developing technology that can help improve the lives of people living with physical, social, emotional and cognitive disabilities. The event was organised by AT&T and New York University to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

article News story: The Statistics of Climate Change
26, February , 2015

Professor Norman Fenton writes about his role co-presenting a forthcoming BBC Four documentary on climate change and the importance of three key statistics.

Kseniya Shuturminska's winning picture 'Bouquet' article News story: QMUL’s Institute of Bioengineering launch celebrated with photo competition
11, December , 2015

The new cross-faculty Institute of Bioengineering at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) celebrated its launch with a photo competition for staff and students.

article News story: Fallow deer are all about the bass when sizing up rivals
14, August , 2015

Research published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, has found that fallow deer bucks make judgements about the possible threat from competitors from the sound of their calls.

Image of glass cement fillings, copyright Semmelweis University Dental School article News story: Watching cement dry could help dental fillings last longer
9, November , 2015

Scientists led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Aberystwyth University have revealed ‘sweet points’ for dental fillings, where cement used to fill cracks regain elasticity before hardening indefinitely. This could have implications for creating more durable and longer-lasting fillings in the future.    

Phytoplankton from the mesocosm experiment. © Daniel Padfield article News story: Phytoplankton like it hot: Warming boosts biodiversity and photosynthesis in phytoplankton
17, December , 2015

Warmer temperatures increase biodiversity and photosynthesis in phytoplankton, researchers at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University of Exeter have found. Globally, phytoplankton - microscopic water-borne plants - absorb as much carbon dioxide as tropical rainforests and so understanding the way they respond to a warming climate is crucial.

article News story: Showcase of world’s best science teaching arrives at Queen Mary University of London
19, June , 2015

The Science on Stage Europe festival which brings some of the best science teachers from around the world together to demonstrate their teaching and share ideas is underway at QMUL.

Credit: Elizabeth Clare/QMUL article News story: First imagery from echolocation reveals new signals for hunting bats
1, September , 2015

The ability of some bats to spot motionless prey in the dark has baffled experts until now. By creating the first visual images from echolocation, researchers reveal we have been missing how bats sense their world.

article News story: Naked mole-rats anti-cancer gene is unique among mammals
5, May , 2015

Researchers have found that the gene which gives naked mole-rats’ their natural resistance to cancer is unique among mammals.

article News story: New generation of synthetic bone grafts created
18, December , 2015

Scientists led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have developed a new type of synthetic bone graft that boosts the body’s own ability to regenerate bone tissue and could produce better outcomes for patients.

article News story: How we discovered the three revolutions of American pop
20, May , 2015

Dr Matthias Mauch discusses his recent scientific analysis of the “fossil record” of the Billboard charts prompted widespread attention, particularly the findings about the three musical “revolutions” that shaped the musical landscape of the second half of the 20th century.

article News story: Ada Lovelace and the importance of role models
13, October , 2015

To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2015, Professor Elaine Chew from QMUL's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science argues about the importance of role models. After all, if computer pioneer Ada Lovelace had strong women role models even in her day, we must ensure women continue to do so today.  

Male bumblebee feeding on a thistle flower article News story: Male bees have more than a one-track mind
16, November , 2015

Male bumblebees are just as smart as female worker bees despite their dim-witted reputation, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

article News story: Birdsong recognition app launches using QMUL research
13, August , 2015

QMUL machine learning researcher Dan Stowell and his business partner Florence Wilkinson have launched Warblr, their mobile app that can automatically recognise birds by their song.

article News story: Common mental health drug could be used to treat arthritis
16, July , 2015

Lithium chloride which is used as a mood stabiliser in the treatment of mental health problems, mainly bipolar disorder, could be used to treat arthritis according to a new study.

article News story: Self-assembling material that grows and changes shape could lead to artificial arteries
28, September , 2015

Researchers at QMUL have developed a way of assembling organic molecules into complex tubular tissue-like structures without the use of moulds or techniques like 3D printing. article News story: Reducing big data using ideas from quantum theory makes it easier to interpret
23, April , 2015

A new technique of visualising the complicated relationships between anything from Facebook users to proteins in a cell via countries’ importing and exporting food provides a simpler and cheaper method of making sense of large volumes of data.

article News story: ‘Stressed’ young bees could be the cause of colony collapse
9, February , 2015

Pressure on young bees to grow up too fast could be a major factor in explaining the disastrous declines in bee populations seen worldwide. CC BY-ND 2.0 article News story: New QMUL app uses Twitter comments to give real-time film reviews
20, February , 2015

A new app, called Reel Reviews, which uses sophisticated computer analysis of comments from users on Twitter to give up-to-the-minute film ratings has been launched just in time for the Oscars.

article News story: EECS PhD students win sustainable communities hackathon
2, April , 2015

An interdisciplinary team of five students from QMUL’s PhD programme in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will travel to Mumbai to present their ideas after winning a competition to design a system that integrated plants and social media to promote sustainable communities.

article News story: England could eradicate Bovine TB if it adopted Welsh or Scottish tactics
9, September , 2015

New research by the team that previously showed that testing was more effective than badger culling at controlling Bovine Tuberculosis, have found the tactics currently employed by the Welsh and Scottish, but not English, authorities are leading to disease reduction.

Image: Luis Rey article News story: New evidence that tyrannosaurs fought and ate each other
9, April , 2015

Examination of a Daspletosaurus skull by Dr David Hone of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences found signs that it had been bitten by another tyrannosaur during its lifetime as well as after it had died.

article News story: QMUL Professor collaborates on Singapore music and mathematics conference
13, February , 2015

Professor Elaine Chew from QMUL’s Centre for Digital Music is invited convener of, and speaker and performer at, a unique international workshop to be hosted at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore.

Image: Jardín Botánico de Madrid article News story: Bumblebees differentiate flower types when arranged horizontally but not vertically
7, April , 2015

Bumblebees trained to go to feeders labelled with a certain colour or pattern cue but avoid differently labelled alternative feeders did so when feeders were arranged horizontally but didn’t when arranged vertically. Researchers believe this could be because groups of flowers arranged horizontally, like those in a meadow, often include several different species, while those arranged vertically, like in blossoming trees are likely to all be the same species.

article News story: Mini-megalomaniac AI is already all around us, but it won’t get further without our help
2, June , 2015

Professor Peter McOwan, from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, discusses  whether artificial intelligences would actually be able to take over the world, whether they’d want to, and how we'd know if they did.

article News story: Bees form false memories just like humans
27, February , 2015

In the same way that humans sometimes remember things that didn’t actually occur, researchers have found that bees also misremember. False memories have never been observed in non-human animals before.

article News story: Government praises QMUL’s support for school computing teachers
11, September , 2015

Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb MP, has written to QMUL’s Principal, Professor Simon Gaskell, to thank him for the university’s contribution to the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computing Science supporting school teachers.

article News story: Why Not Nudge?
23, April , 2015

Dr Magda Osman, Senior Lecturer in Experimental Cognitive Psychology explores the research behind behavioural economics and looks at its relationship with advertising

article News story: QMUL announces new MSc partnership with Kew
26, February , 2015

From September 2015 QMUL will be offering a new MSc Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

article News story: QMUL PhD student exhibits tactile music chair for deaf people
6, February , 2015

Robert Jack, a PhD student on the Media and Arts Technology programme at QMUL took his audio tactile furniture to the Incloodu Deaf Arts Festival.

article News story: Bumblebees use nicotine to fight off parasites
27, April , 2015

Bumblebees that have been infected by parasites seek out flowers with nicotine in the nectar, likely to fight off the infection, new research has found. The nicotine appears to slow the progression of disease in infected bees but has harmful effects when consumed by healthy bees.

article News story: Students win hackathon by giving air passengers’ spare baggage capacity to charities
6, July , 2015

A team of students from QMUL has won the £10,000 grand prize at the Sabre Destination Hack event by developing a prototype system that allows frequent flyers to fill their spare luggage capacity on planes with products that charities need.

article News story: Study finds people’s conservative and liberal traits show up in their Twitter vocabulary
16, September , 2015

A study of nearly a million tweets from over 10,000 Twitter users has found that liberals swear more, conservatives are more likely to talk about religion, and liberals use more individual words like "me" while conservatives opt more for the group-oriented "us".

Photo: article News story: Most internet anonymity software leaks users’ details
29, June , 2015

Services used by hundreds of thousands of people in the UK to protect their identity on the web are vulnerable to leaks, according to researchers at QMUL and others.

article News story: Study finds pet owners reluctant to face up to their cats’ kill count
26, June , 2015

Cat owners fail to realise the impact of their cat on wildlife according to new research, published today, from QMUL and the University of Exeter.

article News story: Proteins that control anxiety in humans and cause insects to shed their skins have common origin
21, April , 2015

Researchers have discovered that a protein which controls anxiety in humans has the same molecular ancestor as one which causes insects to moult when they outgrow their skins. Studies on sea urchins provided the missing link because they have a protein with elements common to those in both humans and insects and reveal a common ancestry hundreds of millions of years ago.

article News story: New research gives clues as to why older people get more tendon injuries
20, April , 2015

New research into how tendons age has found that the material between tendon fibre bundles stiffens as it gets older and that this is responsible for older people being more susceptible to tendon injuries.

article News story: How music listening programs can be easily fooled
25, February , 2015

In this blog post, QMUL Lecturer in Digital Media Bob L. Sturm discusses how, like 'Clever Hans' the German horse who appeared to be able to do complex mathematics, music listening programs can appear to work until we start to really test them.

article News story: Testing for Bovine Tuberculosis is more effective than badger culls at controlling the disease
14, January , 2015

Modelling produced by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has found that the only effective potential Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) control strategies are badger culling, cattle testing, controlling cattle movement, and ceasing the practice of housing farm cattle together during winter.

article News story: QMUL takes part in Digital Shoreditch Festival 2015
13, May , 2015

PhD students from QMUL’s Media and Arts Technology (MAT) programmes as well as representatives of the School of Law take part in the popular festival.

An artist's representation of how GJ 581d might look article News story: ‘Habitable’ planet GJ 581d previously dismissed as noise probably does exist
6, March , 2015

A report published in Science has dismissed claims made last year that the first super-Earth planet discovered in the habitable zone of a distant star was ‘stellar activity masquerading as planets’.

article News story: Understanding of complex networks could help unify gravity and quantum mechanics
9, September , 2015

Mathematicians investigating one of science’s great questions – How to unite the physics of the very big with that of the very small – have discovered that when the understanding of complex networks such as the brain or the internet is applied to geometry the results match up with quantum behaviour.

article News story: ‘Nudge’ psychology is not based on robust evidence and conscious decision-making is more effective
28, January , 2015

A new study says that the kind of instinctive decision-making advocated in best-selling popular psychology books like ‘Nudge’, ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’ and ‘Blink’ is not backed up by reliable evidence.

article News story: Tropical wasps attack intruders with unfamiliar faces
2, February , 2015

Researchers at QMUL in collaboration with the University of Florence, have discovered that a species of tropical wasps can memorise the faces of members of their colony and will attack any individual with an unfamiliar face.  These wasps can also recognise the smell of their nest-mates, but pay more attention to the unique facial patterns in their species when considering whether an individual is friend or foe.

Image: CERN article News story: QMUL physicists prepare for new data as Large Hadron Collider restarts
7, April , 2015

Physicists from QMUL, members of the ATLAS experiment and participants in the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson particle, are gearing up to analyse new data from the Large Hadron Collider.

article News story: First evolutionary history of 50 years of music charts using big data analysis of sounds
5, May , 2015

Evolutionary biologists and computer scientists have come together to study the evolution of pop music.  Their analysis of 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, 1960 to 2010, is the most substantial scientific study of the history of popular music to date.

article News story: QMUL supports Innovate UK wearables challenge
4, March , 2015

The Innovate UK IC Tomorrow competition is offering up to £35,000 to small companies to work with expert partners, including QMUL, to find solutions to challenges in the wearable technologies market.

article News story: Cheap solar cells made from shrimp shells
19, February , 2015

Researchers at QMUL have successfully created electricity-generating solar-cells with chemicals found in the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans for the first time.