All posts tagged: potential

From astronaut health to space weather: the discoveries changing our understanding of the universe | Driving Change. Inspiring Potential

From astronaut health to space weather: the discoveries changing our understanding of the universe | Driving Change. Inspiring Potential

[ad_1] Many of us grow up fascinated by space and the universe. The question of whether there’s intelligent life out there is a continuing preoccupation among scientists and citizens alike. But research into space goes far beyond the hunt for extraterrestrial life – there are many different areas that students and researchers are investigating, from space weather and space law, to astronaut health and satellite communication. At Northumbria University, Newcastle – which is developing NESST, a new £50m North East Space Skills and Technology Centre – academics are working across a range of projects that could transform our understanding of space. For many people, their only experience of space weather is seeing the stunning phenomenon of the aurora borealis, more commonly known as the northern lights. “The northern lights are part of space weather,” says Clare Watt, professor of space plasma physics. “When there’s a significant storm or disturbance in space, the aurora lights up.” Prof Clare Watt. Photograph: Simon Veit-Wilson Space weather forecasts can help experts to predict when and where the northern lights …

The human side of technology: how AI research is putting patients centre stage | Driving Change. Inspiring Potential

The human side of technology: how AI research is putting patients centre stage | Driving Change. Inspiring Potential

[ad_1] Most people with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa never seek help, says Dr Dawn Branley-Bell, a cyberpsychologist at Northumbria University. “But what is shocking is that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health conditions.” If more sufferers could be encouraged to seek support, might this change? It’s a question Branley-Bell hopes to answer through her research into how technology can improve health and wellbeing, and is part of a wider focus at Northumbria University examining the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to transform healthcare. The university’s new Centre for Doctoral Training in Citizen-Centred Artificial Intelligence, which has received £9m in government funding through UK Research and Innovation, will enable doctoral students to specialise in areas such as AI for digital healthcare, robotics, decision making and sustainability. The centre brings together academics from across the university and will focus on the inclusion of citizens in the design and evaluation of AI. Branley-Bell has been looking at whether AI could be used, in some cases, as a first port of call …

Creating water from thin air? The university helping to decarbonise our future | Driving Change. Inspiring Potential

Creating water from thin air? The university helping to decarbonise our future | Driving Change. Inspiring Potential

[ad_1] An estimated 1.8 billion people around the world live in homes without a water supply, according to research by Unicef and the World Health Organization (WHO). Collecting water is a daily task that falls to women and girls in 70% of those households, and often involves long, dangerous journeys that take them away from education, work and leisure. It’s an issue that’s exacerbated by climate change and war. Experts warn that efforts to tackle water scarcity need to accelerate significantly if the UN’s sixth sustainable development goal – universal access to water – is to be achieved by 2030. But what if there was a way to harness the energy of the sun to create clean, safe drinking water from thin air? It sounds like a magic trick but that’s precisely what Dr Muhammad Wakil Shahzad, associate professor in Northumbria University’s department of mechanical and construction engineering, has devised with his team. Their portable Solar2Water system uses solar energy to extract moisture from the air and turn it into water – up to 500 …

NHS future workforce: how a university is helping tackle the shortage of nurses | Driving Change. Inspiring Potential

NHS future workforce: how a university is helping tackle the shortage of nurses | Driving Change. Inspiring Potential

[ad_1] Northumbria University has a long history of training generations of nurses – in fact, it’s not uncommon for the children of former nursing students to follow in their footsteps. “Mothers or fathers have had really good experiences and then the child comes through, and they qualify as a nurse. My daughter’s just graduated too,” says Prof Alison Machin, a former student who is now head of the university’s department of nursing, midwifery and health and chair of the national Council of Deans of Health. “One of the special things about Northumbria is the legacy it has left in the region.” For a trained nurse, there is a broad spectrum of jobs available, from working in the community to being in intensive care units or making the switch to healthcare management. But in recent years, the demand for nurses and midwives has increased faster than the number being trained in the UK. Over the next 15 years, the population of England is projected to increase by 4.2%, but the number of people aged over 85, …

King Charles gesture showed ‘potential’ to get close with Meghan Markle | Royal | News

King Charles gesture showed ‘potential’ to get close with Meghan Markle | Royal | News

[ad_1] Meghan Markle, despite having the “potential” to bond with King Charles, was unable to bridge the gap before a bitter feud came into the picture. Although Meghan is no longer on good terms with the Royal Family, one specialist believes there could have been an opportunity to foster a “strong” kinship within the family. Marrying into The Firm in 2018 when she wed Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex became a focal point for royal observers around the globe. However, the couple sent shockwaves worldwide with their decision to step down as senior royals just two years later. The Royal Family has since found themselves at odds with Harry and Meghan as the pair continue to make damning allegations about The Firm. According to relationship guru Louella Alderson, although it seems improbable that harmony will be restored, she points out there was a stage when Meghan could have built a “deeper level” connection with her in-laws. In an exclusive sit-down with the Mirror, Louella highlighted how King Charles’ offer to accompany Meghan at her …

Rory McIlroy Won’t Rejoin PGA Tour Board, Says Others Were ‘Uncomfortable’ With His Potential Return

Rory McIlroy Won’t Rejoin PGA Tour Board, Says Others Were ‘Uncomfortable’ With His Potential Return

[ad_1] CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rory McIlroy won’t be returning to the PGA Tour board, saying Wednesday a plan to replace Webb Simpson was met with resistance from board members. Simpson, one of six player-directors, recently offered to give up his seat — but only if McIlroy were to replace him. McIlroy would have needed board approval to be reinstated to a position that he resigned from last November. But McIlroy said ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship that conversations surrounding his potential return became “pretty complicated and messy,” which reminded him of why he left in the first place. “I think with the way it happened it opened up some old wounds and scar tissue from things that have happened before,” McIlroy said. “I think there was a subset of people on the board that were maybe uncomfortable with me coming back on for some reason.” McIlroy’s reinstatement would have been viewed as a chance to help improve the PGA Tour’s stalled negotiations with the Saudi financial backers of LIV Golf. PGA Tour Commissioner …

NCIS season 22: All we know from Katrina Law’s potential exit to release date

NCIS season 22: All we know from Katrina Law’s potential exit to release date

[ad_1] Monday nights just won’t be the same now that season 21 of NCIS is over. The latest series of the long-running CBS show drew to a close this week with a dramatic finale, which saw Knight and Parker take on a high-stakes murder investigation, ending with an underwater rescue mission and Parker in a hospital bed.  The episode concluded with Knight accepting Director Vance’s job offer as the chief REACT training officer at Camp Pendleton on the West Coast, leaving fans with questions about Katrina Law’s future on the show. Keep reading for all we know about season 22, including the release date and whether Katrina will return… WATCH: Have you caught up with season 21? What will happen in NCIS season 22?  While it’s too early to know what fans can expect from season 22, we imagine the upcoming episodes will confirm Agent Knight’s future at NCIS and whether she decided to take her new job at Camp Pendleton. © Robert Voets/CBSAgent Knight accepted a new job across the country If she does, …

TikTok Sues the US Government to Stop a Potential Ban

TikTok Sues the US Government to Stop a Potential Ban

[ad_1] TikTok sued the US federal government on Tuesday, arguing that the possible app ban violates the First Amendment. Last month, President Biden signed a bill that forces TikTok and its Chinese owner, Bytedance, to divest its ownership of the app or face a nationwide ban. At the time, TikTok said that it planned to sue, calling the law unconstitutional. In the lawsuit, TikTok says that the law violates the First Amendment and the divesting requirement is “simply not possible.” “If Congress can do this, it can circumvent the First Amendment by invoking national security and ordering the publisher of any individual newspaper or website to sell to avoid being shut down,” the lawsuit said. “And for TikTok, any such divestiture would disconnect Americans from the rest of the global community on a platform devoted to shared content—an outcome fundamentally at odds with the Constitution’s commitment to both free speech and individual liberty.” TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. Responding to the law’s enactment last month, a TikTok spokesperson …