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South West's new state-of-the-art tech could help amputees

Motion capture technology was used to create the character of Gollum from actor Andy Serkis in the Lord of the Rings film series. Credit: NatureVideo

The University of Bath is developing a new £5 million motion capture studio, said to be the first of its kind available for commercial use in the South West.

The centre will be based at the University's Department of Computer Science, and will feature state-of-the-art imaging technology.

As Katie Rowlett reports, it's hoped once it's up and running it will be able to help elite athletes, including amputees.

Olympic swimmer opens Bath's 2012 Legacy Pool

Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson has opened the newly-refurbished 2012 Legacy Pool in Bath.

It is one of only two National Training Centres in the country. And it's come at just the right time with the swimming World Championships in just over a month and the Rio Olympics a little over a year away.

Our Sports Correspondent Matthias Kurth was at the opening, along with some other major swimming stars.

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Police appeal for information about missing Bath student

Police are concerned for the welfare of Michael Brown who was last seen on Saturday Credit: ITV News

Police are appealing for information about a student from the University of Bath who has gone missing.

He was last seen near his flat on the university campus on Saturday morning, May 23. Friends expected him back after the Bank Holiday weekend, and called police when he failed to return by Monday night.

Michael is studying for a BSc (hons) in accounting and finance.

There is concern for Michael's welfare as his disappearance is out of character, and he missed an exam yesterday.

Anyone who knows of Michael’s whereabouts, or who has any information about him, is asked to contact police.

Bath student brings home Britain's first ever aerial skiing gold

Lloyd Wallace brought home Britain's first ever gold medal in aerial skiing this weekend Credit: Matchtight

A University of Bath student made history this weekend after bringing home Britain's first ever gold medal in aerial skiing.

The impressive win was the first podium finish for Lloyd Wallace, who saw off a world-class field to triumph in Airolo, Switzerland.

The 20-year-old from Shaftesbury nailed two triple twisting double somersaults, scoring a lifetime best at the Europa Aerials. He will be looking for more success when he competes in two more competitions before heading to the World Junior Championships in Valmalenco, Italy.

It’s the best feeling in the world. I made a small mistake on the first day and was ninth but I knew I had it in me and everything went perfectly.

– Lloyd Wallace

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Bath University research could reduce knee surgery

A new computer assessment programme could reduce the number of knee replacements Credit: PA

Researchers from the University of Bath say they've developed a new computer programme to assess a person's need for a knee replacement.

At the moment a patient's condition is assessed visually by surgeons. It's thought the new method could reduce the 90,000 knee replacements that take place each year.

500th volunteer signed up for Special Olympics National Summer Games

Clare Brophy is the 500th volunteer Credit: ITV News West Country

The 500th volunteer has been signed up for the Special Olympics National Summer Games this year.

The event will be hosted by the University of Bath in August and September this year.

The Games which are held every four years cater for athletes with intellectual disabilities. More than 1,700 are expected to take part, across twelve sports.

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