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Safeguarding the UK's water, energy and food resources
(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is investing 4.5 million to safeguard the UK's water, energy and food security. With the world's population due to grow to eight billion by 2030, humanity is facing a crisis with predictions of increasing demand and shortages of water, energy and food. Water and energy are needed to produce food; water is required to produce energy and with the advent of biofuels, energy and food are increasingly competing for land.

Science: Theory of the strong interaction verified
(Forschungszentrum Juelich) Eighty years after the discovery of the neutron, a team of physicists from France, Germany, and Hungary headed by Zoltn Fodor, a researcher from Wuppertal, has finally calculated the tiny neutron-proton mass difference. The findings, which have been published in Science, are considered a milestone by many physicists and confirm the theory of the strong interaction. As one of the most powerful computers in the world, JUQUEEN at Forschungszentrum Jlich was decisive for the simulation.

Quantum compute this -- WSU mathematicians build code to take on toughest of cyber attacks
(Washington State University) Washington State University mathematicians have designed an encryption code capable of fending off the phenomenal hacking power of a quantum computer.Using high-level number theory and cryptography, the researchers reworked an infamous old cipher called the knapsack code to create an online security system better prepared for future demands.

Bats obey 'traffic rules' when trawling for food
(PLOS) Foraging bats obey their own set of 'traffic rules,' chasing, turning and avoiding collisions at high speed according to new research publishing in PLOS Computational Biology.

Behind the dogmas of good old hydrodynamics
(Lomonosov Moscow State University) A new theory, which gives new insights into the transport of liquid flowing along the surface under applied electric field, was developed by the group of Russian scientists lead by Olga Vinogradova from Lomonosov Moscow State University and Frumkin Institute of Physical chemistry and Electrochemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It may be used in the future in research in physics, chemistry and biology and in many applications including medicine and pharmaceutics.

18 new priority programs
(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft will establish 18 new Priority Programmes, in which researchers will investigate fundamental scientific questions in particularly topical or emerging areas of research over the next few years.

Robots on reins could be the 'eyes' of firefighters
(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Firefighters moving through smoke-filled buildings could save vital seconds and find it easier to identify objects and obstacles, thanks to revolutionary reins that enable robots to act like guide dogs.The small mobile robot - equipped with tactile sensors - would lead the way, with the firefighter following a metre or so behind holding a rein.

CeBIT: Panoramas for your tablet
(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) Most people are familiar with the fictional world of 'Star Trek,' in which the characters can use a holodeck to create and interact with virtual worlds. It is possible to recreate a similar effect in the real world using 360-degree panoramic images. Researchers are bringing them now to our tablets -- including individual camera work and editing.

Nash receives Abel Prize for revered work in mathematics
(Princeton University) Princeton University mathematician John Nash received the 2015 Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for his seminal work on partial differential equations, which are used to describe the basic laws of scientific phenomena. The award is one of the most prestigious in the field of mathematics and includes an $800,000 prize. Nash shares the prize with longtime colleague Louis Nirenberg, a professor emeritus at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Beautiful minds: NYU Courant Professor Nirenberg, Princeton's John Nash win Abel Prize
(New York University) Louis Nirenberg, a professor emeritus at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been awarded the Abel Prize in Mathematics by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for his work in the area of partial differential equations.

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