Droning on – University entrepreneur aims for world record

A University of Dundee-based entrepreneur is aiming to set a new world record by sending a drone on the longest ever hydrogen-powered flight for an unmanned aircraft. Trias Gkikopoulos, from Greece, is a researcher in Life Sciences at the University but he also has a passion for aviation and is a keen pilot as well as a designer of small aircraft. He has designed and built an ultra-efficient drone with which he plans to smash the existing world record. “The current distance record is around 120 kilometres, set in the USA, but I think we can get over 400 km,” said Trias. “My aircraft has a...

Thousands set to start `Identifying the dead’

Thousands of amateur forensic investigators are set to start unpicking a Val McDermid-penned mystery next week in a massive open online course launched by the University of Dundee. The free online course - `Identifying The Dead: forensic science and human identification’ – has already attracted more than 16,000 participants ahead of its launch on Monday September 7th. There is still plenty of time to sign up as organisers say anyone wanting to take part can join the course any time before September 20th. Participants do not require any specialist knowledge and the course is suitable for anyone ...

‘Tackling the Ebola Crisis - Experiences From the Frontline’ Café Science event on 14th September

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A University of Dundee nurse will get the new series of Café Science events underway with a discussion about his experiences of helping to combat Ebola in Africa. Dr Steve McSwiggan volunteered to travel to Liberia to work at an Ebola Treatment Unit, the largest field hospital ever set up, last year. He will recall his experiences, provide background to the current epidemic and share his thoughts on the global management of Ebola when he delivers his talk at Avery & Co on Monday 14th September. Dr McSwiggan is a Senior Clinical Trials Manager in the Tayside Medical Science Centre, a partnership ...

Dundee to welcome ISAM 2015, world’s major Congress on Addiction Medicine

The world’s major scientific conference on addiction medicine will be hosted by the University of Dundee in October 2015. The 17th International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) Congress will welcome hundreds of leading experts from around the globe to Scotland. They will include representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), US National Institute of Alcohol and Alcoholism (NIAA), United Nations (UN) and the European Monitoring Centre for Drug and Drug Abuse (EMCDDA). Addiction and the healthcare challenges it presents is a global problem...

Slower melting ice cream in pipeline, thanks to new ingredient

Childhood memories of sticky hands from melting ice cream cones could soon become obsolete, thanks to a new food ingredient. Scientists have discovered a naturally occurring protein that can be used to create ice cream that is more resistant to melting than conventional products. The protein binds together the air, fat and water in ice cream, creating a super-smooth consistency. The new ingredient could enable ice creams to keep frozen for longer in hot weather. It could also prevent gritty ice crystals from forming, ensuring a fine, smooth texture like those of luxury ice creams. The development could all...