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The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Culture

by John Storey Michael Higgins Clarissa Smith

British culture today is the product of a shifting combination of tradition and experimentation, national identity and regional and ethnic diversity. These distinctive tensions are expressed in a range of cultural arenas, such as art, sport, journalism, fashion, education, and race. This Companion addresses these and other major aspects of British culture, and offers a sophisticated understanding of what it means to study and think about the diverse cultural landscapes of contemporary Britain. Each contributor looks at the language through which culture is formed and expressed, the political and institutional trends that shape culture, and at the role of culture in daily life. This interesting and informative account of modern British culture embraces controversy and debate, and never loses sight of the fact that Britain and Britishness must always be understood in relation to the increasingly international context of globalisation.

Organic Bionics

by Michael Higgins Gordon G. Wallace Simon Moulton Robert M.I. Kapsa

The first reference on this emerging interdisciplinary research area at the interface between materials science and biomedicine is writtenby pioneers in the field, who address the requirements, current status and future challenges. Focusing on inherently conducting polymers,carbon nanotubes and graphene, they adopt a systematic approach, covering all relevant aspects and concepts: synthesis and fabrication,properties, introduction of biological function, components of bionic devices and materials requirements. Established bionic devices, such asthe bionic ear are examined, as are emerging areas of application, including use of organic bionic materials as conduits for bone re-growth,spinal cord injury repair and muscle regeneration. The whole is rounded off with a look at future prospects in sustainable energy generation and storage.Invaluable reading for materials scientists, polymer chemists, electrotechnicians, chemists, biologists, and bioengineers.

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