2013 Media Coverage
Articles about the Department's teaching and research regularly appear in the written and broadcast media. Recent coverage included:
- Turning robots into surrogates for homebound senior citizens
Washington Post, 31/12/2013, Matt MacFarland
Article about British researchers undertaking a three-year examination of whether robots, acting as surrogates, can take the place of humans in public spaces. The project involves researchers from Oxford with the Universities of Bath, Queen Mary University of London and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.
- BMW adds dampers months after fatal crash
The Sunday Times, Driving, 15/12/2013, p.9, Nick Rufford and Dominic Tobin
BMW are reported to be overhauling the steering system on a motorbike model that was involved in a crash in which a bike journalist died. Article quotes David Limebeer, professorial fellow of control engineering at Oxford University, who has carried out research into instability in motorcycles. BMW maintains that the original model is perfectly safe, and there is no connection to the accident.
- The robots are coming, but you can't afford to put your feet up
The Times, 09/12/2013, p.20, Hannah Devlin
An article on how robots may do some domestic chores for us in the future, but they won’t be humanoid robots with metal arms, is based on an interview with the chief executive of company iRobot. The piece includes comment from Paul Newman, a professor of robotics at the University of Oxford, who agrees: “Are we going to have humanoids walking around the house doing the dishes? No!”
- TV: The Imagineers, BBC 2
Repeat of a programme first shown in May 2013: Interview with Dr Eleanor Stride of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Oxford University. She talks about and demonstrates her research into ways of targeting cancer cells with drugs rather than poisoning patients’ entire bodies, as happens with current chemotherapy techniques.
- UK to be 'driverless car world leader'
The Telegraph online, 05/12/2013, Daniel Johnson
The government has offered a £10 million prize for a town or city to develop itself as a testing ground for driverless cars. In the Chancellor’s National Infrastructure Plan, unveiled on Wednesday, the government said it will launch a review to ensure legislation is in place to “demonstrate to the world’s car companies” that the UK is “the right place” to develop driverless cars. The £10 million prize is to fund a town or city to become a testing ground for autonomous vehicles, with Oxford University’s Mobile Robotics Group currently the UK hub for the technology. It is already planned that, by the middle of 2017, 100 driverless cars will run on pathways along with pedestrians in Milton Keynes, using sensors to avoid collisions. In July plans were announced by the Oxford University researchers to test cars with Nissan on UK roads. The team has already tested a car on a private road in a science park, but the Department of Transport has now granted permission for trials on roads with other traffic.
- Google Wants To Build An Army Of Robots To Replace Factory Workers
Huffington Post (USA), 04/12/2013, Dino Grandoni
Article on Google announcing a robotics programme notes that an Oxford University study from last year predicted that 45 percent of US jobs were at risk of being lost to computerised machines.
- Stirling silver?
The Economist, 28/11/2013
The Stirling engine, the brainchild of a 19th-century Scottish clergyman, is an invention whose time may have finally come. Some engineers believe that this piston-free engine design could be the perfect replacement for polluting diesel engines that provide off-grid power in many parts of the world. Article highlights a group at Oxford University led by Paul Bailey, Mike Dadd and Richard Stone developing just such an engine. It is noted that one of the Oxford group’s designs has already survived for 15 years in the harsh environment of space.
- Milton Keynes to have 100 driverless cars
The Times, p.39, 08/11/2013
A hundred driverless cars will be transporting people through Milton Keynes within four years in a £1.5 million project aimed at boosting low-carbon technology. From 2015, 20 driver-operated “pods”, which will be able to carry two people, will be run on designated pathways separated from pedestrians. By mid-2017, it is planned that 100 fully autonomous vehicles will run on pathways alongside people, using sensors to avoid collisions. The early collaborators on the project are the engineering consultancy firm Arup, Transport Systems Catapult, the Automotive Council and the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.
- Daily Telegraph, 08/11/2013
- The Guardian online, 08/11/2013, Josh Halliday
- CNN online (USA), 08/11/2013, Virginia Harrison
- Daily Express online, 07/11/2013
- The Telegraph online, 07/11/2013
- Sky News online, 07/11/2013
- Award for Automotive Innovation: six of the best go head to head
The Times, p. 44, Robert Lea, 04/11/2013
The annual Award for Automotive Innovation from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) will be presented in London on November 26. The shortlist of six for this year’s prize includes Yasa Motors’ Yasa-400. The Yasa-400 is a high-performance electric motor which is claimed to be eight to ten times more powerful than others being fitted in hybrid cars. It is the brainchild of Tim Woolmer, an Oxford University engineering postgraduate, who created it out of his PhD project and won backing as a university spin-out and from the Government’s Technology Strategy Board. He is also backed by business angels and family investors.
- 11 villages in Andhra Pradesh tracking heart diseases via new app
Times of India, 27/10/2013, Shimona Kanwar
An app that works on a smartphone or tablet can deliver ‘a virtual doctor right in your pocket’. The 'Health Tracker-India', an android-based app developed by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Oxford University and George Institute for Global Health in India, records blood pressure, cholesterol levels and other heart disease risk factors like age, sex and smoking status, and analyses the data to indicate extent of cardio-vascular disease (CVD) risk, based on which the person can consult a doctor for further treatment. Doctors working on the project say the app, being tested in 11 villages in the state, will not only track risk factors, it will also address a mindset plaguing a large number of people - callousness towards health issues including even basic tests, pushing the country to being dubbed the coronary capital of the world. The app will also overcome the heavily skewed doctor-population ratio in India.
- Skype app checks pulse as you chat to grandchildren
The Times, 12/10/2013, p.19, Chris Smyth
Patients will be able to monitor their vital signs as they check e-mails or watch TV using a “health Skype” that promises to revolutionise care. The software lets an ordinary laptop camera take a pulse, breathing rate and even measure blood oxygen levels by tracking tiny changes in the colour and motion of the skin. Trials on kidney dialysis patients have shown the method to be as effective as conventional techniques and its inventors believe it will do away with the need for hospital patients to be wired up to monitoring machines. A University of Oxford spin-off company, Oxehealth, plans to incorporate it into baby monitors and believes it will allow people to check up on ageing parents while talking on Skype and enable GPs to assess vulnerable patients remotely. Lionel Tarassenko, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Oxford who is developing the contactless monitoring system, is quoted throughout.
- Driverless cars are coming - and they'll see cyclists coming too
The Guardian online (Bike Blog), 11/10/2013, Carlton Reid
Discussion about the rapid development of autonomous vehicles notes that researchers at Oxford University are developing a self-driving car which is said to be much cheaper and simpler than that being developed by Google.
- County’s chosen few talk about their honours pride
Oxford Mail, 04/10/2013, p.5
A number of eminent people from Oxfordshire were among those who received honours at a ceremony of investiture at Windsor Castle. Those from Oxford University included Professor Terence Cave, Professor Anthony Heath and Professor Peter Dobson, for services to literary scholarship, social science, and science and engineering respectively.
- The Robots Are Coming - Now What?
Huffington Post (USA), 27/09/2013, Richard (RJ) Eskow
A new study by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A Osborne of Oxford University's Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology and Department of Engineering Science has concluded that 47 percent of current US jobs are vulnerable to automation.
- Huffington Post (USA), 01/11/2013, Suzan Mazur
- Forbes (USA), 19/10/2013, Erika Andersen
- Time magazine (USA), 18/10/2013
- Forbes, 11/10/2013, Charles Sizemore
- Macleans (Canada), 07/10/2013, Chris Sorenson
- Radio: Business Daily, BBC World Service, 03/10/2013, 08:40
- Daily KOS, 14/09/2013, Richard Lyon
- Huffington Post, 14/09/2013
- Huffington Post (USA), 01/11/2013, Suzan Mazur
- Tidal energy scheme off northern Scotland gets go-ahead
The Guardian, 16/09/2013, Severin Carrell
Six vast underwater turbines are to be lowered into the tidal currents of the Pentland Firth in the first phase of one of the largest tidal energy schemes in Europe. Article notes that the Scottish government's estimates that the Pentland Firth, where tides race between the Atlantic and North Sea through a narrow eight-mile gap, can support 14 GW of installed capacity are disputed by experts. Thomas Adcock, from Oxford University, said that the most robust estimate was that it would allow 1.9 GW of power plant to be installed, even though the Firth is "almost certainly the best site for tidal stream power in the world".
- Reuters, 16/09/2013, Unattributed
- DNA India, 16/09/2013, via Reuters
- Scientific American (USA), 16/09/2013, via Reuters
- Keep taking the tablets, your doctor can keep tabs
Pills are being trialled that contain a tiny silicon chip that sends a signal to a patch that triggers a text telling relatives and doctors medicine has been taken. Professor Lionel Tarassenko of the University of Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering has been involved in testing the patch and said: “You don’t have to have severe dementia, you can just be mildly forgetful. Elderly people sometimes have to take six, seven or eight pills a day. But if someone doesn’t take their pills that can be a very, very serious thing.” The sensor contains much less silicon than a banana and passes naturally through the body. Professor Tarassenko said doctors would want to know whether people discharged from hospital were taking their medication or whether tuberculosis patients were sticking with treatment. Tests are also underway with drugs for people with mental health problems. Professor Tarassenko said the sensors could eventually become standard. “In 15 to 20 years’ time we would expect our pills to be tagged as a matter of course”.
- The Times, 02/09/2013, p.14, Chris Smyth
- The Mail on Sunday, 01/09/2013, p.17, Stephen Adams
- The Sun, 02/09/2013, p.21, Lynsey Hope
- Daily Telegraph online, 01/09/2013, Claire Carter
- Oxford Mail, p.16, 10/09/2013, Tom Jennings
- TV: South Today, BBC 1 Oxford, 06/09/2013
- Oxford Times, 12/09/2013, p.10, Tom Jennings
- The Times, 02/09/2013, p.14, Chris Smyth
- Bold expansion plans that could save many lives
Oxford Mail, p.45, 15/08/2013
A staff recruitment drive is under way to help market an Oxford invention that keeps a donated human liver alive outside the body for up to 24 hours. The device, developed by a firm called OrganOx, is already being used to help liver transplants but could be adapted for organs such as kidneys and lungs. OrganOx was founded by two Oxford professors, Constantin Coussios, a professor of biomedical engineering, and surgeon Peter Friend, the director of the Oxford Transplant Centre. Surgeons hope to perform 20 liver transplants during the pilot trial at King’s College Hospital in London, which is expected to last until the end of the year. The company expects to have 16 employees by April 2014.
- Dong Energy Working to Cut Offshore Wind Cost by 40% This Decade
Dong Energy A/S, Denmark’s state-controlled utility, is leading a drive to cut offshore wind- power costs by as much as 40 percent by the end of the decade. Researchers at the University of Oxford, University College Dublin and Imperial College London are to help with the research.
- Washington Post (USA), 08/08/2013, via Bloomberg, Alex Morales
- La Repubblica (Italy), 08/08/2013, via Bloomberg
- Bloomberg Businessweek (USA), 08/08/2013
- Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), 08/08/2013, via Bloomberg
- Brisbane Times (Australia), 08/08/2013, via Bloomberg
- The Age (Australia), 08/08/2013, via Bloomberg
- Washington Post (USA), 08/08/2013, via Bloomberg, Alex Morales
- TV: POP! The Science of Bubbles, BBC 4, 07/08/2013, 21:36
Repeat of a programme shown earlier this year on the science of bubbles, which includes comment from Dr Eleanor Stride of Oxford University on how the presence of tiny bubbles in the blood stream can improve ultrasound diagnostics.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01rtdy6/POP!_The_Science_of_Bubbles/ [35:28 on clock]
- Academy election
Oxford Mail, 02/08/2013, p.13
Oxford University scientist Professor Zhanfeng Cui has been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was among 60 fellows named at the annual meeting last week. Professor Cui is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professorial Fellow of Hertford College, and also director of the Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing.
- Radio: Inside Health, BBC Radio 4, 23/07/2013, 21:27
Lionel Tarrassenko, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Oxford, talks about a phone app that he has developed to read the blood sugar levels of people who want to manage their diabetes at home. The device is currently being trialled on women who have diabetes in pregnancy.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0375tdn (Around 26:05)
- Oxford ‘to pip Cambridge’ as global hi-tech firms hub
Oxford has the potential to overtake Cambridge as a global centre for hi-tech business, according to Professor Peter Dobson, a lecturer in innovation and entrepreneurship at both Oxford and Cambridge universities, who believes the city and county have a winning combination of world-class universities, excellent training and purpose-built facilities. The majority of businesspeople in Oxford agree with him, with 64% of those surveyed in the latest Oxfordshire Business Barometer report (released yesterday) saying Oxford can push ahead of its traditional rival.
Prof Dobson, academic director at Begbroke Science Park, said: ‘We have better-aligned graduate courses to train our students. Oxford is home to Isis Innovation – one of the best technology transfer offices in the world. Begbroke Science Park is truly supportive and different from anything Cambridge has to offer and we also have Harwell, Culham and Milton Park on our doorstep and the best research and teaching hospitals … [But] in Oxford, we do not yet have the same level of research and development consultancies as they do in Cambridge and this has held us back. I also believe we have been slower to realise the importance of innovation within our own university activities. Cambridge has an engineering department that is three times the size of ours and very much aligned to the needs of industry … [But] with the right leadership and vision, I believe Oxford has what it takes to win the race to the top.’ Business leaders have backed Professor Dobson’s view.
- TV: South Today, BBC 1 Oxford, 25/07/2013, 18:35
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b037b04s/BBC_Oxford_News_25_07_2013/ [05:47 on clock]
- Radio: Phil Gayle and Friends, BBC Radio Oxford, 25/07/2013, 07:08
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01c9r32 [1:08:24 on clock]
- Oxford Mail, 18/07/2013, p.47
- Oxford Times, In Business Magazine, p. 3, 18/07/201, Andrew Smith
- Oxford Mail (in brief), p. 6, 19/07/2013
- TV: South Today, BBC 1 Oxford, 25/07/2013, 18:35
- 'Driverless' car faces road test with passenger behind wheel
A self-driving car is to be tested by scientists on the public highway later this year, the government has announced. Researchers at the University of Oxford have managed to modify a Nissan Leaf vehicle so that it is able to hold its lane, keep a safe distance from the car in front and maintain its speed using a system of sensors and cameras. To date the vehicle has been confined to a test track but Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, said that a road test was expected later this year. A driver will still be sitting in the front seat, but the ‘semi-autonomous cars’ are capable of driving independently. The news came as part of a government paper outlining £28 billion worth of investment in the roads network.
- The Times, 17/07/2013, p.20, Philip Pank
- The Daily Telegraph, p.1, David Millward, 16/07/2013
- Daily Mail, 16/07/2013, p.13, Ray Massey
- The Sun, 16/07/2013, p.16, Emily Ashton
- Radio: 5 Live Drive, BBC Radio 5 Live, 16/07/2013, 17:27 [c. 1:27 on the clock]
- BBC News online, 16/07/2013
- Evening Standard, 16/07/2013, p.2, Nicholas Cecil
- Radio: Click: A Route 66 of the Future, BBC World Service, 16/07/2013, 19:15
- Times of India, 16/07/2013, via PTI
- CBBC Newsround online, 17/07/2013
- AOL UK, 16/07/2013, Daljinder Nagra
- International Business Times, 16/07/2013, Edward Smith
- Huffington Post UK, 17/07/2013
- The Asian Age (India), 17/07/2013
- Jagran Post (India), 16/07/2013, via agencies
- Oxford Mail, 17/07/2013, p.3
- The Sun, 16/07/2013, p.2, Unattributed
- Radio: Duncan Barkes, LBC 97.3, 16/07/2013, 3:27am
- Radio: Harriet Scott, BBC London 94.9, 16/07/2013, 5.26am
- Radio: Jason Mohammad, BBC Radio Wales, 16/06/2013, 10:22
- Radio: Paddy MacDee, BBC Radio Newcastle, 16/07/2013, 22:27
- Radio: Afternoon with Allison Ferns, BBC Radio Sussex, 16/07/2013, 15:46
- Huffington Post (UK), Asa Bennett, 17/07/2013
- The Hindu (India), 18/07/2013
- India Times (India), 17/07/2013
- TV: South Today, BBC One Oxford, 17/07/2013, 18:36
- Radio: Phil Gayle and Friends, BBC Radio Oxford, 17/07/2013, 6:03
- Radio: Click, BBC World Service, 17/07/2013, 2:37
- The Sun -Motors-, 26/07/2013, p.3, Unattributed
- Radio: The Forum, BBC World Service, 29/07/2013, 03:34
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01cdg7j [28:33 on the clock]
- South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), 09/08/2013, Jamie Carter
- Popular Science (USA), 14/10/2013, Dave Mosher
- The Times, 17/07/2013, p.20, Philip Pank
- Tidal power from Pentland firth 'could provide half of Scotland's electricity'
The Pentland firth could provide half of Scotland's electricity, according to the first robust estimate of its potential. The study, led by Oxford University engineers, calculated that underwater turbines strung across the entire width of the firth could generate a maximum 1.9GW of energy, averaged across the fortnightly tidal cycle. That is equivalent to 16.5 terawatt hours of electricity a year, almost half Scotland's entire annual electricity consumption in 2011. ‘It is almost certainly the best site for tidal stream power in the world,’ said Dr Thomas Adcock of Oxford University, who led the work, which is published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A. Adcock's estimate of 1.9GW is far lower than the Scottish government's published estimate of 14GW, making suggestions of huge exports of electricity seem unlikely. Adcock said it would take 10 years to develop tidal power in the firth to a scale that had a national impact. ‘But it depends on the level of government financial support given, which is a political decision,’ he said. ‘As engineers we can make this happen – if the support is there.'
- The Guardian online, 10/07/2013, Damian Carrington
- The Independent, 10/07/2013, p.8, Steve Connor
- The Engineer online, 10/07/2013
- The Scotsman online, 10/07/2013, Alistair Munro
- Smithsonian Magazine online (USA), 09/07/2013, Joseph Stromberg
- Reuters UK, 10/07/2013
- Firth is ‘best site in world’ for tidal power
Metro (Scotland), 11/07/2013, p.9
- Radio: Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland Highlands and Islands
- ‘Turbines could power up to half of Scotland’
Oxford Mail, 11/07/2013, p.22
- Radio: News, BBC Radio Orkney
- The Register (UK), 11/07/2013, Lewis Page
- The Guardian online, 10/07/2013, Damian Carrington
- Life in super slow-motion
BBC News Online, 08/07/2013, Victoria Gill
Article on using high-speed cameras to capture events in nature that engineers can learn from looks at Oxford University research on silk. The researchers fired plastic bullets into single strands of silk from a silkworm’s cocoon. ‘We're interested in seeing how the properties of the silk change as you deform them at very fast rates,’ explains Oxford’s Beth Mortimer. ‘We can learn what kind of structures lead to what kind of properties. And that's important in terms of bio-inspired design - designing materials that have the same properties as the silk, which is incredibly strong and flexible.’ Oxford’s Dr Clive Siviour adds: ‘Our experiments have shown that silk is far superior to man-made fibres at absorbing energy under these conditions. By understanding how silk has evolved, we will be provided with the blueprints for stronger, tougher, sustainable fibres using nature's secrets.’
- Bullet fired into single strand of silk
BBC News Online, 07/07/2013
Video clip showing a plastic bullet hitting a silk thread in slow motion. Researchers at the University of Oxford have been filming this experiment with high-speed cameras in order to find out more about the properties of natural materials such as silkworm thread and spider silk, in hope of producing “bio-inspired” materials which share their strength and flexibility.
- Honours for local heroes
Oxford Mail, p.4-5, 15/06/2013, Andrew French
Among those recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours are Professor Peter Dobson, Director of Oxford University’s Begbroke Science Park, who is appointed OBE for services to science and engineering and Professor Alison Noble, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford, who is appointed OBE for services to science and engineering.
- How innovations such as goal-line technology make sport better
The Guardian, 05/06/2013, Roger Pielke Jr
Article on goal-line technology in football mentions research carried out by engineers at Oxford University in the 1990s into whether Geoff Hurst’s shot crossed the goal-line in the 1966 World Cup final.
- TV: The Imagineers, BBC 2
Dr Eleanor Stride of Oxford University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering is interviewed about her team’s research into using bubbles to deliver cancer drugs where they are needed within the body.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01skhbs/The_Imagineers/ [c.00:20 on the clock]
- 3-D camera brings health service's link to innovators into sharp focus
The Times, p.44, Kathryn Hopkins, 03/06/2013
Article on a handheld camera developed by Eykona that is used by hospitals to take pictures of a wound and turn it into a 3-D image to determine how well it is healing. Eykona, a small company based in Oxfordshire, was formed by a group of University of Oxford scientists six years ago. It was put in touch with the Department of Health by the government-backed Technology Strategy Board (TSB) in 2009 through its Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).
- With driverless cars, evolution beats revolution
The Observer -The New Review-, 02/06/2013, p.19, John Naughton
Article on less expensive alternatives to Google’s self-driving car notes that researchers at Oxford University have developed a vehicle that works by recognising where it is, based on a laser scanner on the front of the car, and comparing its surroundings with its stored data. It is hoped that it could, in time, be retrofitted to existing cars and would cost just £100.
- New Device Keeps Liver Alive Outside Body
Forbes Magazine online (USA), ‘Singularity University’ section, Peter Murray, 01/05/13
In what’s being called a medical first, doctors have been able to keep a liver functioning outside the body and then transplant it into a patient. The device is much better at preservation than the current method, cooling livers with ice. By extending the health of donated livers, the new device could not only increase the chances those who desperately need the organs will receive them, it could also improve the outcome of recipients. OrganOx was developed by Peter Friend, director of Oxford Transplant Centre, and Constantin Coussios, biomedical engineering professor at Oxford University. It keeps livers alive by keeping them at body temperature and circulating red blood cells through them that deliver nutrients and oxygen.
- Marketing mentoring for engineer
Oxford Times, 02/05/13, p. 37, Gill Oliver
Engineering entrepreneurs will receive free mentoring to help commercialise technology breakthroughs. Tom Hockaday, a managing director of Oxford University-owned Isis Innovation, was on the advisory panel for the new scheme. He said: ‘The RAE [Research Assessment Exercise] scheme adds to the already incredibly dynamic and active innovation and enterprise network in Oxford and Oxfordshire. In Oxford and Oxford University we already help set up new students coming out of the university’s engineering department.’
- Forget high-speed rail, the golden age of car travel is almost here
Daily Telegraph, Business Section, p. 2, Allister Heath, 01/05/2013
Article on scientists and engineers developing self-driving cars mentions that Paul Newman at Oxford University is developing a system using 3D lasers which he has already tested on cars driving at speeds of up to 40mph and which could be installed cheaply on existing cars.
- The high-tech bubbles that can blow away your illness
Daily Mail, p.48, Roger Dobson, 23/04/2013
An article on various research studies looking at the use of tiny bubbles to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses like stroke, cancers, furred arteries and respiratory diseases. Bubbles coated with a fat-like material are loaded with drugs and blasted with ultrasound to burst the bubble and unload the drug at the area it is needed. Article quotes Dr Eleanor Stride, reader in bio-medical engineering at Oxford University, on the potential of microbubbles.
- Is the future robotic? Q&A with Paul Newman
The Guardian online, Comment is Free, 02/04/13
Text of a live Q&A with Professor Paul Newman of Oxford University, following last month’s Oxford London Lecture in which Professor Newman sought to dispel some of the myths about the field of robotics.
- Keep your dirty lucre, sterling's a lot healthier!
Fears about the dirtiness of currency may be well founded: Professor Ian Thompson of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science has tested a range of banknotes and coins and found that European banknotes and coins contain, on average, 26,000 bacteria while sterling has 18,200 bacteria. He said: ‘The euros we tested harboured an average of 11,000 bacteria, which for a number of pathogenic organisms is sufficient for passing on infection.’ He suggested that there would be ‘...merit in a wider study tracking the spread of resistant strains through movement of banknotes globally.’
Metro -Main-, 26/03/2013, p.38, Tariq Tahirhttp://metro.co.uk/2013/03/26/more-than-half-of-brits-fear-germ-risk-from-filthy-money-with-good-reason-3559249/
- Radio: Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland 26/03/2013, 08:40
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r9tlv [c.2:40 on the clock]
- Radio: Jon and Anne, BBC Radio Newcastle 26/03/2013, 16:41
- TV: CNN NewsCenter, CNN, 26/03/2013, 19:51
- Radio: Andy Wood, BBC Radio Cumbria, 27/03/2013, 05:50
- Radio: Toby Anstis, Heart Berkshire, 26/03/2013, 11:01
- NEWS.com.au (Australia), Unattributed, 27/03/13
- CNN online (USA), Georgina McCafferty, 28/03/13
- Handelsblatt (Germany), Katharina Schneider, 27/03/13
- Perth Now (Australia), via news.com.au, 28/03/2013
- Adelaide Now, (Australia), via news.com.au, 28/03/2013
- Brisbane Courier-Mail, (Australia), via news.com.au, 28/03/2013
- Robot car inspires scientists of the future
Oxford Mail, p.10, 21/03/13
Students from local schools had a chance to inspect cutting-edge technology up close at Begbroke Science Park’s annual innovation showcase last week. The pupils visited the park last week and had a chance to tour the labs and see ‘robot cars’ in development first hand.
- 'Warmed liver' transplant first
Surgeons have carried out the first 'warm liver' transplant using an organ which was 'kept alive' at body temperature in a machine. Usually donor livers are kept on ice, but many become damaged as a result. Professor Constantin Coussios of the Department of Engineering Science, one of the inventors, said: "In experiments we have shown we can preserve a liver and monitor its function outside the body for periods up to 24 hours. By contrast livers kept on ice have to be transplanted with 10-12 hours at most." Five years ago Oxford University set up a spin-out company, OrganOx, to commercialise the technology.
- BBC News online, 15/02/2013, Fergus Walsh
- TV: BBC News at Six, BBC One, 15/02/2013, 18:21
- Liver Preserver Holds Promise for Transplants Wall Street Journal (USA), 16/03/2013, p.3 Jeanne Whalen
- Radio: Six O’Clock News, BBC Radio 4, 15/03/2013, 6.15pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01r525f/Six_OClock_News_16_03_2013/ (c.15:00 on the iPlayer clock)
- TV: News, BBC News Channel, 15/03/2013, including 5.20pm & 9.32pm
- TV: Sky News, Sky News, 15/03/2013, including 5.17pm & 9.35pm
- Machine helps liver function outside the body Financial Times, 16/03/2013, p.3, Clive Cookson
- 'Artificial body' keeps donor livers alive for three days Daily Mail, 16/03/2013, p.43, Jenny Hope
- New device keeps human liver alive outside body, Xinhua online (China’s biggest news agency), 16/03/2013
- Liver kept alive outside body and fit for transplantation too, Times of India, 17/03/2013
- Patients given livers that machine had kept 'alive', The Daily Telegraph, 16/03/2013, p.16, Sam Marsden
- Human livers kept 'alive' out of body in donor breakthrough The Independent, 16/03/2013, p.13, Tom Peck
- Liver kept 'alive' outside human body for first time i (The paper for today), 16/03/2013, p.21, Tom Peck
- Machine offers new liver hope, The Times, 16/03/2013, p.37, Unattributed
- Liver device will double number of transplants The Daily Mirror, 16/03/2013, p.2, Andrew Gregory
- Liver 'kept alive' outside body in new transplant technique: video Guardian Online, 16/03/2013, via Reuters
- New device keeps human liver alive outside body CNTV (China), 16/03/2013, via Xinhua
- Device keeps liver "alive" outside body in medical first Reuters India, 15/03/2013 http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/03/15/liver-device-transplant-idINDEE92E0DK20130315?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
- Device keeps liver "alive" outside body in medical first Chicago Tribune (USA), 15/03/2013, Kate Kelland (Reuters)
- Doctors Can Now Keep Livers Alive Longer, Gawker (USA – one of the largest media & gossip websites). 17/03/2013, Max Rivlin-Nadler
- Radio: World Briefing, BBC World Service, 16/03/2013, 12.18am
- Device keeps liver "alive" outside body in medical first Reuters UK, 15/03/2013, Kate Kelland
- Device keeps liver "alive" outside body in medical first Yahoo! Singapore, 15/03/2013, via Reuters
- Device keeps liver 'alive' outside body in medical first Fox News (USA), 15/03/2013, via Reuters
- Donor livers kept alive outside the body for 24 hours New Scientist online, 15/03/2013, Andy Coghlan
- Liver 'Kept Alive' on Machine Transplanted into Body of Cirrhosis Sufferer Ian Christie International Business Times UK, 15/03/2013, Hannah Osborne http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/446712/20130315/liver-transplant-breakthrough-london-king-s-college.htm
- Liver 'Kept Alive' on Machine Transplanted into Body of Cirrhosis Sufferer Ian Christie IBTimes AU (Australia), 15/03/2013, Hannah Osborne
- Liver kept 'alive' outside body in medical first NBCNews (USA), 15/03/2013, via Reuters
- Liver kept alive outside of body in transplant first Wired.co.uk (Web), 15/03/2013, Kadhim Shubber
- Liver Transplant Patients Offered New Hope Sky News online, 15/03/2013, Siobhan Robbins
- 'MIRACLE MACHINE' AIDS LIVER SWAPS, Daily Star online, 15/03/2013
- Miracle machine to double live[r] transplants The Australian (Web), 16/03/2013, via APP
- Radio: News, BBC Radio Oxford, 17/03/2013, 7am
- Radio: News, BBC London 94.9, 16/03/2013, 12.02am
- Scientists Develop 'Miracle' Machine That Brings Organs Back To Life Huffington Post UK (Blog), 16/03/2013, Unattributed
- Boffins invent liver lifesaver, Oxford Mail (in brief), p.7, 16/03/2013
- Prof’s revolutionary transplant machine, Oxford Mail, p.7, 18/03/2013, Damian Fantato
- Boffins invent liver lifesaver, Oxford Times (Web), 16/03/2013, Unattributed http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/headlines/10294244.Boffins_invent_liver_lifesaver/?ref=rss
- Device Keeps Liver Alive Outside Body In Medical First, International Business Times TV, Adam Justice, 18/03/2013
- Humans Can Keep Livers Alive and Making Bile for 24 Hours Outside of a Body, The Atlantic (USA), 18/03/2013, James Hamblin
- Machine Keeps Human Liver Alive And Functioning Outside The Body For 24 Hours, Popular Science (USA), 18/03/2013, Shaunacy Ferro
- Saving lives: Professor’s revolutionary transplant machine, The Express Tribune (Pakistan), 19/03/2013
- New hope for transplant patients, The Nation (Pakistan), 18/03/2013
- UK device keeps liver "alive" outside of human body, The Engineer, 18/03/2013
- British team perform new 'warm' liver transplants, Times LIVE (South Africa), 16/03/2013, via AFP
- Human livers to be kept 'alive' longer outside body! Daily Bhaskar (India), 18/03/2013
- UK docs perform first warm liver transplant, The Asian Age (India), 17/03/2013
- Scientists hail new ‘miracle machine’ for transplants, The Scotsman online, 16/03/2013
- Human liver can be kept alive, Pakistan Today, 17/03/2013
- Device keeps liver "alive" outside body in medical first, The Himalayan Times (Nepal), via Reuters
- Device keeps liver alive outside body, Oman Daily Observer, 16/03/2013
- Invention is likely to transform transplants Oxford Times, p. 13, 21/03/13, Damian Fantato
- Radio and online: SRF [Swiss radio & television, largest Swiss broadcaster in German],
- TV: Afternoon News, EuroNews [multilingual channel reaching 5.3m viewers daily] 28/03/2013, 18:53 [repeats 29/03/2013, 11:45 & 30/03/2013, 07:14]
- We shouldn't fear robots – they'll do our bidding
The Guardian, 06/03/2013, p.32, Paul Newman
Comment piece from Professor Paul Newman of Oxford University who will deliver this year's Oxford London Lecture on 12 March at Church House, Westminster: ‘Robotics and its sibling disciplines like computer vision and machine learning will, I am sure, offer us better lives. The word "offer" is important as we do get to make choices. Engineers will create the building blocks and innovations that will underpin new artefacts and services – but only if it makes sense to do so. We will be offered better surgery, better security, better warehousing, more efficient ports, safer mines, curated farms with reduced pesticide requirements and higher yields. We'll do science on other planets and at the bottom of our oceans… We'll have cars that can drive you when you are exhausted, sick, ageing or simply unwilling to waste your time in traffic. We'll get new help in cleaning up our nuclear legacy, fighting fires, and rescuing families from collapsed buildings… We can drop the droid talk and replace it with a proper sense of opportunity, benefit and maybe childlike wonder at what our creations will offer us. This is going to be good.’
- Solar-powered oven developed at Oxford University
Radio: Howard Bentham, BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester, 27/02/13, 07:50
A solar-powered oven based on technology developed at Oxford University is being developed and tested by the Malvern company Dytechna. It is hoped that the oven, which can reach temperatures of 200ºC without fuel, and can be flatpacked for easy transportation and storage, could help people in the developing world. The project is a collaboration with Oxford University’s technology transfer company, Isis Innovation. [Dr Mike Dadd of the Department of Engineering Science and Professor Nick Jelley of the Department of Physics led the Oxford team who designed the oven.]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p014r4wk [1.47.42 on clock]
- Self-driving car given UK test run at Oxford University
A car that is able to drive itself on familiar routes has been shown off at Oxford University. The technology uses lasers and small cameras to memorise regular journeys like the commute or the school run. The Oxford engineers and researchers behind the project are aiming to produce a low-cost system that "takes the strain" off drivers.
- BBC News at Six, BBC BBC 1, 14/02/2013, 18:24
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01qmjcc/BBC_News_at_Six_14_02_2013/ [c.24:16 on the clock]. Or watch standalone report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21465042
- ITV News, ITV, 14/02/2013, c.18:40
- Sky News, Sky News, 14/02/2013, 18:30
- Repeat: Sky World Review & Business Report, Sky News, 15/02/2013, 05:52
- BBC News online, 14/02/2013, Dave Lee & Richard Wescott
- The Daily Telegraph, 15/02/2013, p.4, Richard Alleyne
- "It’s the real Knight Rider", Oxford Mail, 15/01/13, p.1 & 3, Jamie Brooks
- "A dream drive", Oxford Mail, 15/01/13, p.10
- "Car that needs no driver takes to the road at Oxford", The Guardian, 15/02/2013, p.25, Charles Arthur
Also see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/video/2013/feb/15/robot-car-ipad-video
- "The car that drives itself... using an iPad", Daily Mail, 15/02/2013, p.26, Liz Hull
- "UK's affordable 'self-drive' car to rival Google", ITV News, 14/02/2013, Darren Burn
- Metro (Scotland) -Main-, 15/02/2013, p.52
- The Engineer, 15/02/2013
- "Scientists work on car that ‘drives itself’", The Scotsman, 15/02/2013
- "And this car's driver is… an iPad!", Independent Online (South Africa), 15/02/2013, Lauren Hull
- "Self Driving Car Goes on Test Drive at Oxford", India Times, 15/02/2013
- South China Morning Post, 17/02/2013, p.11
- Wall Street Journal (Blog), 18/02/2013, Nick Clayton
- Daily Telegraph online, 15/02/2013
- Times of India, 16/02/2013
- Deccan Herald (India), 15/02/2013, via PTI
- International Business Times UK, 15/02/2013, Edward Smith
- Economic Times (India), 15/02/2013
- The Guardian online, 15/02/2013, Unattributed
- The Guardian online (Blog), 15/02/2013, Charles Arthur
- LiveScience.com (US), 15/02/2013, Elizabeth Palermo
- International Business Times (Australia), 15/02/2013, Edward Smith
- The Times, T2 supplement, p.5, Kevin Maher, 18/02/2013
- Irish Examiner, 15/02/2013
- Oxford Times online, 15/02/2013, Jamie Brooks
- Engadget, 16/02/2013, Alexis Santos
- Electronics Weekly (Blog), 15/02/2013, David Manners
- Littlehampton Gazette, 15/02/2013
- T3 Magazine online, 15/02/2013
- Wall Street Journal online (USA), Driver’s Seat blog, 19/02/2013
- Huffington Post (USA), 19/02/2013
- TV: Evening News, EuroNews, 20/02/13, 19:56 (repeated 21/02/13, 02:52)
- International Business Times, 01/03/2013, David Gilbert
- TV: Top Gear, BBC2, 24/02/13, 20:35
- Radio: Kirstie McMurray, Downtown Radio, 23/02/13, 17:14
- Radio: Malcolm Boyden, BBC Radio Oxford, 21/02/13, 11:41
- Radio: Phil White, BBC Radio Humberside, 21/02/13, 16:42
- Radio: Mark O’Donnell, BBC Radio Wiltshire, 15/02/2013, 11.39pm
- Radio: Nick Conrad, BBC Radio Norfolk, 15/02/2013, 11.14am
- Radio: Jonathan Miles, BBC Radio Newcastle, 15/02/2013, 11.41pm
- Radio: Andy Comfort, BBC Radio Humberside, 17/02/2013, 11.21am
- Radio: James Cannon, BBC Radio Oxford, 15/02/2013, 17:36pm
- TV: News, ITV 1 (Meridian South), 15/02/2013, 10.36pm
- Radio: Henry Kelly, BBC Radio Berkshire, 16/02/2013, 9.43am
- Radio: Carl Wheatley, BBC Radio Humberside, 15/02/2013, 7.51am
- Radio: News, BBC Radio Oxford, 15/02/2013, 11.03am and 5.37pm
- Radio: Amy McConnell, TFM, 16/02/2013, 7.17am
- Radio: Dominic King, BBC Radio Kent, 15/02/2013, 5.16pm
- Oxford Mail, 18/02/13, p23
- The Evening Show, BBC Radio Wales, 14/02/2013, 20:37
- BBC London 94.9, Harriet Scott, 15/02/2013, 05:43
- Anthony Davis, LBC 97.3, 14/02/2013, 23:04
- Trevor Fry, BBC Radio Wiltshire, 14/02/2013, 23:29
- TV: Daily Planet, Discovery Channel Canada, 18/03/2013, 19:00
[Report to appear online: http://watch.discoverychannel.ca]
- OrganOx (IBME) and OPV (Physics) meet Vince Cable
The Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, visited Oxford University on 13 February to hear more about how world-class Oxford research gets translated into commercial applications with benefits for the economy, health and the environment.
- Now, steering wheel that guides drivers blinded by sun
Paul Newman, who is developing a robotic car at the University of Oxford, comments on research, carried out by a US university, in which a steering wheel tells drivers where to steer when undipped headlights and other visual impediments leave them temporarily blinded.
- MSN.com.in (India), 20/01/2013, Unattributed
- Business Standard India (India), 20/01/2013, via Press Trust of India