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Motion capture reveals why VAR in football struggles with offside decisions
Research by the University of Bath has used motion capture technology to assess the accuracy of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technologies in football.
AI could solve issues with lip sync dubbing
Researchers have developed a system using artificial intelligence that can edit the facial expressions of actors to accurately match dubbed voices, saving time and reducing costs for the film industry. It can also be used to correct gaze and head pose in video conferencing, and enables new possibilities for video postproduction and visual effects.
Bloodless revolution in diabetes monitoring
Scientists have created a non-invasive, adhesive patch, which promises the measurement of glucose levels through the skin without a finger-prick blood test, potentially removing the need for millions of diabetics to carry out painful and unpopular tests. The patch does not pierce the skin, instead it draws glucose out from fluid between cells across hair follicles, which are individually accessed via an array of miniature sensors using a sma...
Bath University triumph in UAS Challenge 2017
The third annual Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Challenge has been won by engineering students from Bath University. The event encourages teams of undergraduates to undertake a full design and build cycle of a UAS, also known as a drone, with specific mission objectives – before competing in a final ‘fly-off’ and judging which took place on 19-20th June.
Bath scoops first prize at UAS Challenge
Engineering students from Bath University have beaten other undergraduate teams to be crowned overall winners of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Challenge. Now in its third year, the annual event encourages teams of undergraduates to undertake a full design and build cycle of a UAS, also known as a drone, with specific mission objectives – before competing in a final ‘fly-off’ and j...
Biodegradable plastics could be made with sugar and CO2
Some biodegradable plastics could in the future be made using sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing unsustainable plastics made from crude oil, following research by scientists from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath.
Biodegradable cellulose microbeads produced from sustainable source
Scientists and engineers from the University of Bath have developed biodegradable cellulose microbeads from a sustainable source that could potentially replace harmful plastic ones that contribute to ocean pollution. Microbeads are little spheres of plastic less than 0.5 mm in size that are added to personal care and cleaning products including cosmetics, sunscreens and fillers to give them a smooth texture.
Researching the causes of Motor Neurone Disease and PD
Scientists at the University of Bath have made further progress to understanding the role of one of the proteins that causes the neurodegenerative disorder Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Parkinson's Disease (PD). The scientists studied a protein called angiogenin, which is present in the spinal cord and brain, which protects neurons from cell death. Mutations in this protein have been found in sufferers of ALS and PD and are thought...
Faster recharging batteries made possible
Faster recharging lithium batteries could be developed after scientists figured out why adding charged metal atoms to tunnel structures within batteries improves their performance. Rechargeable lithium batteries have helped power the 'portable revolution' in mobile phones, laptops and tablet computers, and generations of lithium batteries are being developed for electric vehicles and to store energy from wind and solar power.
3D printing could transform future membrane technology
Researchers at the University of Bath suggest developments in 3D printing techniques could open the door to the advancement of membrane capabilities. This work is part of the University's Centre for Advanced Separations Engineering (CASE) and is the first time the properties of different 3D printing techniques available to membrane fabrication have been assessed.
Single photons can be reliably imprinted with quantum information
Physicists at the University of Bath have developed a technique to more reliably produce single photons that can be imprinted with quantum information. The invention will benefit a variety of processes which rely on photons to carry quantum information, such as quantum computing, secure quantum communication and precision measurements at low light levels. Photons, particles of light, can be imprinted with information to be used for thin...
Multiphoton microscope speeds up disease diagnosis
Two optical devices could reduce the need to take tissue samples during medical examinations and operations and to then send them for testing – potentially speeding up diagnosis and treatment and cutting healthcare costs. One is a lightweight handheld microscope designed to examine external tissue or tissue exposed during surgery. One example of its use could be to help surgeons compare normal and cancerous cells (during an operation).
Cheaper microbial fuel cells turn urine into electricity
A new kind of fuel cell that can turn urine into electricity could revolutionise the way we produce bioenergy, particularly in developing countries. The research, published in Electrochimica Acta, describes a new design of microbial fuel cell that's smaller, cheaper and more powerful than traditional ones. The world's supply of fossil fuels is being depleted, and there is increasing pressure to develop new renewable sources of energy. Bioenergy i...
Laser is capable of continuous mid-IR emission
Researchers at the University of Bath have created a type of laser which is capable of pulsed and continuous mid-infrared (IR) emission between 3.1 and 3.2 microns, a spectral range that has long presented a major challenge for laser developers. The achievement could aid in the development of new uses for mid-IR lasers, which are currently used in applications such as spectroscopy, environmental sensing and detecting explosives.
Robotic drones to ‘print’ emergency shelters
A new research project aims to develop the world's first flying robots capable of autonomously assessing and manufacturing building structures to help areas suffering from natural disasters. The four year collaborative research project entitled ‘Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing: Distributed Unmanned Aerial Systems for in-situ manufacturing of the built environment’ involves researchers from the University of Bath, Imperial Colle...