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News: December 2013

Developing a system to speak Welsh to your computer

Bangor University’s Language Technology Unit has been awarded a grant of £56,000 from the Welsh Government’s Technology & Welsh Language Fund and S4C’s digital fund to further develop speech recognition technology for the Welsh language.

Publication date: 31 December 2013

Can applying messages to cigarettes dissuade us from smoking?

Two academics from Bangor University’s renowned Business School have been applying their knowledge of marketing and managerial studies to investigate a new medium for getting the no-smoking message across- the cigarette itself.

Publication date: 22 December 2013

Looking at how our brain assesses bargains

It turns out that we may not be as good at bargain hunting and taking advantage of supermarket ‘offers’ as we think. That’s according to early results from a study which brain-scanned people undertaking a ‘virtual’ supermarket shopping trip to buy party-food.

Publication date: 21 December 2013

The Heritage Environment Group

The Heritage Environment Group (HEG) is a body which advises the Welsh Assembly on the historic environment of Wales, and in November 2013 it met at Bangor University.  Several members of the School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology are participants on the HEG, led by Professor Ray Karl.

Publication date: 19 December 2013

One small change of words – a giant leap in effectiveness!

Hot on the heals of the dryland systems paper in Food Security comes this paper in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability about a new co-learning paradigm that addresses fine scale variation in context  by embedding research 'in' development.

Publication date: 12 December 2013

G8 summit announces £4 million research project about improving life with dementia

Researchers at Bangor University have been awarded £4 million to lead the ‘Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active life: Living well with dementia’ (IDEAL) project. The study will be carried out in collaboration with Cardiff University, Brunel University, the London School of Economics, King’s College London, Sussex University, the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), the Alzheimer’s Society and Innovations in Dementia CIC.

Publication date: 11 December 2013

Scientists predict sea states for renewable energy

Tidal and wave technology is finally coming of age and the UK leads the world in the development of this vital renewable energy resource. Bangor University is playing a crucial role in this: as the industry moves towards large-scale commercialisation, experts at the University’s Centre for Applied Marine Sciences are working to maximise the operational efficiencies of energy-generating devices.

Publication date: 11 December 2013

Study connects the dots between the genes

"Study connects the dots between genes, brain, and human behaviour
An international collaboration maps genetic markers of brain development in people with Williams syndrome
Establishing links between genes, the brain, and human behavior is a central issue in cognitive neuroscience research, but studying how genes influence cognitive abilities and behavior as the brain develops from childhood to adulthood has proven difficult.

Publication date: 9 December 2013

Venom development revealed by first genome sequencing of King Cobra

Scientists studying snake venom have for the first time sequenced the entire genome of a venomous snake, the King Cobra, and confirmed a previously proposed but poorly documented hypothesis explaining how snake venom is produced and what led to the great complexity of venoms consisting of dozens of individual toxins.

Publication date: 4 December 2013

Mindfulness-based contribution to improving health and well-being in Wales receive attention of Senedd members

Assembly Members and health and care professionals were invited to a reception at the Senedd in Cardiff today (3.12.13) to hear how innovative approaches to health and well-being  are being rolled out in Wales and elsewhere as a result of work by Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice.

Publication date: 3 December 2013