THE report on research work carried out in the Departments of Mining and Fuel. Technology of the University of Sheffield during 1932-33 (pp. 28. Sheffield: The University, 1933) reveals an extensive range of work bearing on the local industry of coal getting and utilisation, such as the ventilating and lighting of mines. Of more general interest, a study of the fireproofing of timber showed that ammonium phosphate gave the best results. In fuel technology, the chemistry of coal and coke takes prominence, while combustion in internal combustion engines is under investigation. The prosecution of applied sciences in a university curriculum has received criticism in recent years, but there can be little doubt that the association of teaching with investigatin of such technical problems will be of mutual benefit.