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Every second counts in the fast-paced world of Formula One, so race teams use advanced mathematics to squeeze the best performance out of their cars.

Many viruses have a symmetrical structure made from basic building blocks, and biologists have struggled to explain some of the more detailed shapes.

Mathematical models of fluid flow can help to improve manufacturing efficiency and reduce costs, while also enabling new applications of fluids within industry.

Blood-related diseases can seriously harm patients’ quality of life and even lead to death.

Epidemics can threaten the lives of both humans and animals, so it is essential that we react swiftly to any outbreaks. Mathematicians play a key role in assessing the risks of disease transmission and modelling the effects of vaccination programmes.

Mathematical network theory lets us create models of our communication and transport networks, revealing new patterns and insights that will improve network capacity, reliability, and efficiency.

Much of the UK’s coastline is undergoing erosion, placing homes, businesses and other important coastal sites at risk.

Brain scans play a vital role in the treatment of many serious medical conditions, but decoding the signals inside our minds would not be possible without a variety of mathematical techniques.

The amount of information we can transmit though the air is limited by the laws of physics, but the mathematics of signal processing lets us squeeze more data into the same amount of space.

Sequencing the human genome was a fantastic achievement, but it was only the beginning. Now, statisticians are coming up with new methods to sift through large amounts of a genetic data and identify the differences in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) that can lead to diseases.

Risks are an unavoidable part of modern life, but mathematicians and statisticians have developed a variety of methods to help mitigate its effects.

Understanding how to manipulate tangles of DNA could help us create new treatments for diseases, so mathematicians are working with biologists to explain how our genetic code becomes knotted.

UK-India Collaborations in Energy Delivery

Long gone are the days of ‘chalk and talk’, but an EPSRC-funded project at Durham University may herald the next big change in the way our children learn in the classroom.

Why use dwindling supplies of valuable raw materials when an EPSRC-funded project shows that they can be recovered simply and cheaply from the waste materials of another industrial process?

Software developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory has helped transform the way companies handle their computing needs, as well as improving the efficiency and security of servers and reducing energy usage.

EPSRC-funded Manchester University scientists Professor Andre Geim and Dr Konstantin Novoselov have been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics for their ground-breaking work with the wonder-material graphene, which they discovered in 2004.

For decades, a simple and convenient way of enabling people with diabetes to monitor their own blood sugar levels has eluded medical science. But now advances in nanometrology are bringing the prospect within reach with ‘smart’ tattoos.

Establishing how life first appeared here on earth continues to tax minds and imaginations the world over.

What is life? More specifically, what differentiates a living thing from something that isn’t alive?

It’s a familiar dilemma for shoppers. How do you know exactly what you’re buying?

The animal kingdom is a rich source of inspiration for engineers and scientists.

A revolution is coming. In the way products are designed. In the way they are made. In the capabilities of the products themselves.

Concealing contraband isn’t just a serious crime. It’s also a test of sheer nerve.

For decades, if not centuries, the potential for machines to move and work together, independently of man, has fascinated not only scientists and engineers, but also artists and writers.

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