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European Research Council grant success for the faculty

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LCN and Maths buildings

Researchers in the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences have been awarded three major new grants from the European Research Council (ERC). These are in the areas of mathematics and nanotechnology.

UCL researchers take their research to parliament

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Parliament

Seventeen researchers from around UCL have been shortlisted to present their research to a panel of expert judges and over 100 MPs in this year’s SET for Britain competition.

Strange Creatures put on display at UCL

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The Kongouro from New Holland

‘Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals’ is a new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL. By examining the world of animal representations, the exhibition explores how imagery has been used to bring newly discovered animals into the public eye.

Venus is slowly losing its atmosphere

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Venus

New research shows how the Sun and the atmosphere of Venus interact, making the planet lose 300kg of atmospheric gas every day. The research, published in the journal Planetary and Space Science, comes from two teams led by scientists at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

Faculty Postgraduate Prize winners announced

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Many congratulations to Ah Yeon Park, winner of the 2014 Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize, and to Lara Smale, winner of the 2014 Faculty Postgraduate Taught Prize.

UCL to play role in world's largest solar telescope

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DKIST

The UK science community has secured a pivotal role in the world's largest ground-based solar telescope, the Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST).

UCL leading the way for gender equality in physics

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Juno

UCL’s department of Physics & Astronomy has been recognised as a national leader in gender equality.

On quantum scales, there are many second laws of thermodynamics

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Cup of tea. Photo: Bernd/CC-BY

New research from UCL and the Universities of Gdansk, Singapore, and Delft has uncovered additional second laws of thermodynamics which complement the ordinary second law of thermodynamics, one of the most fundamental laws of nature.

Using a single molecule to create a new magnetic field sensor

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iron phthalocyanine

Researchers at UCL and the University of Liverpool have shown a new way to use a single molecule as a magnetic field sensor.

UCL scientists honoured in annual RAS awards

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Two UCL scientists and one scientific collaboration led by a UCL researcher have been recognised in this year's Royal Astronomical Society Awards.

UCL and i-sense collaborate with Google to track flu outbreaks

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i-sense staff and Google

UCL and i-sense have joined forces with Google to contribute to the earlier global detection of influenza outbreaks.

Shedding light on why blue LEDs are so tricky to make

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LEDs

Scientists at UCL, in collaboration with groups at the University of Bath and the Science & Technology Facilities Council's Daresbury Laboratory, have uncovered the mystery of why blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are so difficult to make, by revealing the complex properties of their main component – gallium nitride – using sophisticated computer simulations.

UCL researcher among Forbes' 'top scientists under 30'

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Vijay Chudasama

Vijay Chudasama (UCL Chemistry) has been named by Forbes magazine as one of the world's top scientists under the age of 30.

Using light to understand the brain

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Neurons in the cortex of a mouse expressing proteins enabling the 'reading' and 'writing' of electrical activity

UCL researchers have developed an innovative way to understand how the brain works by using flashes of light, allowing them to both ‘read’ and ‘write’ brain signals.

UCL joins Graphene Flagship

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Carbon nitride graphene

A team including four UCL departments has joined the EU’s Graphene Flagship project, giving the university a foothold in one of the biggest scientific programmes currently underway.

Origin of polar auroras revealed

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Theta

Researchers from UCL, University of Southampton and University of Leicester together with ESA and NASA have uncovered the origin of a colourful display in the night sky called ‘theta aurora’, explaining for the first time how auroras at high-latitudes form.

Dr Matt Powner wins the Thieme Chemistry prize

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Matt Powner

Dr Matt Powner (UCL Chemistry) has been awarded the 2015 Thieme Chemistry Journal Award. The award is to recognise promising young professors at the beginning of their career and is made by the editorial boards of the journals Synlett, Synthesis, and Synfacts.

REF publication: key results for the faculty

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Researcher in the LCN

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) has now been published, giving the government’s assessment of research quality across all the UK’s universities.

UCL rated top UK university by research strength in the REF2014

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UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the new Research Excellence Framework 2014 published today, by a measure of average research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted. 

Scientists develop a ‘virtual lab’ in a supercomputer for designing new composite materials

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UCL scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. Nanocomposites, which are widely used in industry, are revolutionary materials in which microscopic particles are dispersed through plastics. But their development until now has been largely by trial and error.

Revealed: how bacteria drill into our cells and kill them

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Nanodrills in action

A team of scientists has revealed how certain harmful bacteria drill into our cells to kill them. Their study shows how bacterial ‘nanodrills’ assemble themselves on the outer surfaces of our cells, and includes the first movie of how they then punch holes in the cells’ outer membranes.

UCL and Japan strengthen links in big data science

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Big data symposium

The UK and Japan are forging new links in the field of big data. As part of this developing strategic partnership, a delegation of leading Japanese data scientists visited the UK last week. In their schedule of meetings with UK universities, government institutions and companies, they spent a day at UCL’s Big Data Institute, to discuss possible areas of future collaboration.

Research reveals how our bodies keep unwelcome visitors out of cell nuclei

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AFM Image

The structure of pores found in cell nuclei has been uncovered by a UCL-led team of scientists, revealing how they selectively block certain molecules from entering, protecting genetic material and normal cell functions. The discovery could lead to the development of new drugs against viruses that target the cell nucleus and new ways of delivering gene therapies, say the scientists behind the study.

Pioneering work helps to join the dots across the known universe… and the human brain

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SKA Telescope (CC BY)

A team of astrophysicists, engineers and computer scientists are spearheading research on imaging techniques which will potentially not only unlock secrets from the far reaches of the universe, but also impact modern medicine.

New i-sense collaboration to improve monitoring of UK flu hotspots

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Flu and texting

An exciting new project to help monitor the spread of flu in the UK more accurately and earlier than ever before has been funded by i-sense, an £11m EPSRC-funded collaboration led by UCL.

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