For a long time, the second-hand retail market was the preserve of the charity shop. However, the advent of services like eBay has massively increased its prominence. In this paper we describe a novel Internet of Things-based approach to enhancing the second-hand retail experience by augmenting items with their provenance. After a discussion of the… (More)
Studies have been conducted to measure competitiveness in the construction industry. Such research has focused on all levels from the national picture to individual projects. While useful, the results are limited in that they present a snapshot picture at one point in time. Moreover, they do not suggest how under-performance might be improved. The research… (More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To explore the sleep onset process in primary insomnia patients, new rules for scoring 4-second epochs were implemented to score sleep and artifacts during initial sleep onset. Conventional scorings in 20-second and 60-second epochs were also obtained. METHODS The start of the initial 60-second epoch of stage 1 was used to define "time… (More)
Introductory Paragraph CD8 + T cells in chronic viral infections like HIV develop functional defects such as loss of IL-2 secretion and decreased proliferative potential that are collectively termed exhaustion 1. Exhausted T cells express increased levels of multiple inhibitory receptors, such as Programmed Death 1 (PD-1) 2,3 that contribute to impaired… (More)
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In the UK, formal tertiary education comes at monetary cost to those who choose to participate. Currently 43% of young people enter universities in the belief that they will recoup the expense in higher salaries, later in life. Whilst this is a historically true model for the majority of graduates, many analysts believe that the Government's push for 50%… (More)
Preface It gives me great pleasure to introduce this collection of papers from the 2006 Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (SPARC). This conference represents an ideal opportunity for postgraduate researchers to present their work in a friendly yet rigorous environment, as a preparation for taking that work further afield in international… (More)