An integrated approach to characterization of Martian Carbon

The aim is to test the hypothesis that ‘Carbon preserved in meteorites from Mars is abiotic’ using Tissint, a new meteorite which fell to earth in July 2011 and contains the most pristine Martian carbon available for study.

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An On-Line Part-of-Speech (POS) Tagger and Gold-Standard corpus of Scottish Gaelic

Corpus and speech technology in Scottish Gaelic remains in an embryonic stage, in contrast to the impressive leaps made for other languages in this area in recent decades. This project, for a Scottish Gaelic part-of-speech (POS) tagger and ‘gold-standard’ corpus (GSC), suggests the means to redress this situation.

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Combustion & Gasification Engineering (CombGEN)

CombGEN will establish a Scottish network of researchers developing computational methods to calculate the benefits of process adaptations in combustion, pyrolysis and gasification of coal (pulverised and in situ), oil, natural gas, or biomass (alone or co- fired with fossil fuels). It will provide a platform for sharing techniques and software, and ensuring their timely transfer to key industrial stakeholders.

 

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Liquid magnetism on a honeycomb lattice

Condensed matter physics has formulated a complete understanding of phase transitions in terms of the Ginzburg-­‐Landau theory which has general implications to both solid matter as well as biological soft systems. This project aims to explore the low temperature phases of spins on a honeycomb lattice where the lattice geometry suppresses conventional phases and a novel liquid magnetic phase is expected to exist.

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Literature and the Union

In place of the dominant mode of literary interpretation which assumes a close relationship between literature and nationhood, this project will examine the place of the Anglo-Scottish Union in the Scottish literary tradition. It aims to integrate the findings of the new British history with literary studies, and to interrogate the relationship of literature and union from a comparative perspective.

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PAR²-mediated signalling pathways in cartilage and osteoarthritis

PAR2 is a molecule present in joint tissues such as cartilage that critically mediates joint destruction in animal models of osteoarthritis (OA). Blocking PAR2 action offers hope for developing new OA drugs. This will require detailed . This research collaboration will contribute to understanding of the molecular processes occurring in human joints when PAR2 is activated.

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Scottish Music and Health Network (SMHN)

Increasing collaborative infrastructure and translating innovations from theory to practice

This new network of Scottish researchers and practitioners involved in music and health will create a multidisciplinary research infrastructure that fosters innovative collaboration.It aims to better understand the process and outcomes of music interventions, in particular through musical movement rehabilitation after stroke.

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The flow country peatlands

Studying the past to shape the future

Peatlands are globally-important ecosystems which sequester and store large quantities of carbon. This project focuses on how peatlands have developed over time and responded to human disturbance, and the implications of this knowledge for ecosystem management. It will build capacity in Scottish peatland research and bring a new palaeoenvironmental dimension to the Flow Country Research Hub.

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