Former Royal Marine Mark Ormrod has received two Honorary Degrees in a week, from Plymouth University and Plymouth Marjon University.Read the full story ›
Promising violinist Rosie Johnson has helped make music once again thanks to amazing research being conducted at Plymouth UniversityRead the full story ›
The victims of the bombing which caused the greatest loss of civilian life during the Plymouth Blitz have been remembered today.Read the full story ›
Scientist from Plymouth University have found dangerously high levels of lead in paint from playgrounds in the South of England.Read the full story ›
An inquest has heard how a student was found dead in a bedroom at a Plymouth Uni halls-of-residence after taking a "legal high".Read the full story ›
A Plymouth graduate who started trying to make a better prosthetic hand while at university has won the UK's 2015 James Dyson Award.
25-year-old Joel Gibbard achieved a First-Class Robotics degree in 2011, and has since created a ground-breaking robotic hand for amputees, through his company, Open Bionics.
Using 3D printing, the hand can be made in just 40 hours for under £2,000 - a fraction of the cost of conventional prosthetics.
It allows an amputee to do the same things as a traditional, expensive prosthetic hand, right down to individual finger movements, by using electromyographical sensors which are stuck to their skin.
“We’ve encountered many challenges in designing our hands but the reactions of the individuals we help fuels our perseverance to bring them to market. My aim is for Open Bionics to disrupt the prosthetics industry by offering affordable prosthetics for all.”
“I am impressed by how much Open Bionics can improve lives of amputees. By listening to the potential users, Joel is providing the functionality they want at low cost – making appropriate use of technology and 3D printing.”
"By using rapid prototyping techniques, Joel has initiated a step-change in the development of robotic limbs. Embracing a streamlined approach to manufacturing allows Joel's design to be highly efficient, giving more amputees’ access to advanced prosthetics.”
Joel gets £2,000 for his win - which he intends to spend on a new 3D printer - and advances to the international stage of the competition, in which Dyson engineers whittle 100 entries from around the world down to just 20.
The results will be announced next month, with the winner awarded £30,000 to work on their invention.
Plymouth University scientists decided to launch more than 1,500 ping pong balls into the air, by mixing them with liquid nitrogen.Read the full story ›
Plymouth University has revealed its plans to build the world's first full size unmanned ship to sail across the Atlantic Ocean.
The ship will be named the 'Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship' and will replicate the sailing of the 'pilgrim fathers' from Devon.
It will be the first of its kind in the world, as it will be unmanned and powered by renewable energy.
All going well, the project is aiming to have the ship ready to sail on the 400th anniversary the pilgrim voyage in 2020.
A new app that's been developed here in the West Country could help save the lives of epilepsy sufferers around the world.
The EpSMon app has been created by NHS Cornwall, Plymouth University and epilepsy charity SUDEP Action.
It will help sufferers monitor their condition and highlight when they need medical help.
A study from Plymouth University suggests children who go camping do better at school and are healthier and happier.
The findings, from the Institute of Education, show escaping technology, connecting with nature and the freedom kids get are hugely positive.