Scientists develop pioneering new spray-on solar cells

A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield is the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electricity. Experts from the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering have previously used the spray-painting method to produce solar cells using organic semiconductors – but using perovskite […]

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Three Minute Thesis star heads for competition final

Judges in the semi-finals of the UK’s Three Minute Thesis competition have put a Sheffield researcher through to the last round of the contest Yesterday researcher Carly Lynsdale, from Animal and Plant Sciences, impressed a panel in York with her 180-second summary of her work. She is one of only six PhD students from across the UK who will now compete in the Three Minute Thesis […]

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Rats purposefully use their whiskers in different ways to help navigate in the dark

The way rats use their whiskers is more similar to how humans use their hands and fingers than previously thought, new research from the University of Sheffield has found. Rats deliberately change how they sense their environment using their facial whiskers depending on whether the environment is novel, if there is a risk of collision and whether or not they can see where they are […]

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Supermassive black hole blows molecular gas out of a galaxy at 1m km per hour

New research by academics at the University of Sheffield has solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the evolution of galaxies, deepening our understanding of the future of the Milky Way. The supermassive black holes in the cores of some galaxies drive massive outflows of molecular hydrogen gas. As a result, most of the cold gas is expelled from the galaxies. Since cold gas is required to […]

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Sociable weavers show everybody needs good neighbours

A new insight into one of the biggest questions in science – why some animals, including humans, work together to maintain a common good – has been achieved by scientists at the University of Sheffield. Sociable weavers, a highly social and co-operative breeding bird from the savannahs of southern Africa, build the largest nests of any bird, housing colonies of up to several hundred birds […]

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New network to help fund biological membrane research

A new network has been launched to help biological membrane researchers collaborate and access funding. The Crossing Biological Membranes Network (CBMNet) at the University of Sheffield is designed to support collaborations between academics, industry, policy makers and NGOs. Its aim is to find new approaches to tackling challenges in biological membrane research, and to help translate that research into benefits for industrial biotechnology and bioenergy. Sign up for […]

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Bioscience impact images wanted for BBSRC birthday contest

A new photography competition has been launched by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Images with Impact: the Great British Bioscience Image Competition is part of the BBSRC’s 20th anniversary celebrations. and there is a total prize fund of £2,400 up for grabs. Judges are looking for the best images that showcase UK bioscience and its importance in everyday life. They will draw up […]

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New award opportunity for researchers

Researchers in the Faculty of Science can now be nominated for a brand new award that recognises the huge contributions they make. The Faculty of Science Researchers Award is for contract researchers who have made significant and sustained contributions that go beyond the scope of their main research projects. They might have done this by: organising events (eg, researchers forum, network events, away days, conferences) […]

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Muon detector could help UK reduce carbon emissions

Muon detectors which exploit cosmic-ray muons, a natural radiation to see through kilometres of rock – in a similar way to X-rays being used to see inside a patient’s body – are being developed by the Particle Physics Group at the University of Sheffield, to improve monitoring of the process of subsurface carbon storage. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a possible solution to preventing […]

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Time-lapse study reveals bottlenecks in stem cell expansion

A time-lapse study of human pluripotent stems cells has identified bottlenecks restricting the formation of colonies, a discovery which could improve their use in regenerative medicine. Biologists at the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Stem Cell Biology led by Professor Peter Andrews and engineers in the Complex Systems and Signal Processing Group led by Professor Daniel Coca studied human pluripotent stem cells, which are a […]

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