17 Mar 2016

Could bread mould build a better rechargeable battery?

A naturally occurring red bread mould could be the key to producing more sustainable electrochemical materials for use in rechargeable batteries, researchers at the University of Dundee have found. Fungi that turns bread mouldy may not seem the ideal candidate for a future power solution but the Dundee researchers, reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology, have evidence that might just change that. Their findings have shown for the first time that that the fungus Neurospora crassa – commonly known as red bread mould – can transform manganese into a mineral composite with favourable e...

Could bread mould build a better rechargeable battery?

17 Mar 2016

Making a splash on World Water Day

Specialist practitioners from the University of Dundee will join with experts from a wide range of institutions next week for a conference marking World Water Day 2016. ‘Water and Sustainability: A Hydro Nation Approach’ takes place at the University’s Dalhousie Building on Monday, 22nd March. Delegates will examine the impact of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the water sector. The world water crisis is often mentioned, usually in the context of drinking water and sanitation. Nearly a billion people are still without an ‘improved’ water supply and 2.5bi...

Making a splash on World Water Day

17 Mar 2016

Principal and Rector to row, row, row for charity

Professor Sir Pete Downes and Mark Beaumont, Principal and Rector of the University respectively, will next month join members of Dundee University Boat Club for a rowing marathon to help celebrate the club’s 25th anniversary. The fundraising event on Friday, 1st April will see six rowing machines installed at the University’s Institute for Sports and Exercise, outside Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) and outside the Overgate Shopping Centre. Club members will work in shifts from 9am-9pm to try and row a combined distance of 835km – the same amount of terrain that Mark...

Principal and Rector to row, row, row for charity

16 Mar 2016

Interventions on high-risk prescribing can cut hospital admissions

High-risk prescribing and preventable drug-related complications in primary care are major concerns for health care systems internationally, responsible for up to 4 per cent of emergency hospital admissions. Now a major study of drug prescribing has shown that intervening in primary care health practices can significantly reduce rates of high-risk prescribing of drugs. The results of the study have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, led by NHS Tayside and the University of Dundee, has also shown that the change in prescribing patterns can lead to significant reductions in rel...

Interventions on high-risk prescribing can cut hospital admissions

16 Mar 2016

Dundee students win animation prize for best TV licence excuses video

Animation students from the University of Dundee have scooped a prestigious competition win by bringing to life a bizarre excuse for watching TV without having a TV licence. The winner of the People’s Choice film, ‘King of Scotland’ received 173 ‘likes’ on the TV Licensing YouTube channel from a total of more than 1,000 votes, seeing off competition from films produced by degree course students from Derby, Middlesex, Belfast and Bristol1. All teams produced a range of animations illustrating the dubious explanations for non-payment, which visiting officers and call centre staf...