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Commemorating a forty year ban on biological warfare

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In the Department of Science & Technology Studies, Brian Balmer, Professor of Science Policy Studies, and Alex Spelling, Research Associate in Cold War History, are working on a project: ‘Understanding Biological Disarmament: The Historical Context of the Biological Weapons Convention’, in conjunction with Dr Caitriona McLeish (University of Sussex), and the Harvard-Sussex Programme.

Your Universe festival held at UCL

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Your Universe panel discussion

The Your Universe festival was held at UCL between 26 and 28 March.

Since 2008, Francisco Diego (UCL Physics & Astronomy) has organised Your Universe, a celebration of astronomy and particle physics. The festival includes talks, panel discussions, demonstrations and hands-on experience with telescopes.

Dark matter even darker than once thought

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Collage of galaxy clusters

Astronomers using observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have studied how dark matter in clusters of galaxies behaves when the clusters collide.

A light touch to reading electron spins

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Illustration by Nicole Fuller (sayostudio.com)

Scientists at UCL have shown a new way of reading electron spins, which eliminates the need for powerful magnetic fields and reduces the reliance on very low temperatures.

EU Science Commissioner visits UCL

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Commissioner Moedas

The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Carlos Moedas, visited UCL today. He held  a meeting with the President & Provost of UCL, Professor Michael Arthur, before visiting the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

Superfast computers a step closer as a silicon chip’s quantum capabilities are improved

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FELIX laser facility; credit: China Crisis/Wikimedia Commons

Research has demonstrated laser control of quantum states in an ordinary silicon wafer and observation of these states via a conventional electrical measurement.

UCL forging closer big data links with Japan

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Japan big data

Patrick Wolfe, executive director of UCL’s Big Data Institute has recently returned from Japan, where he was working on developing closer links between UCL and Japanese institutions.

Nanospheres cooled with light to explore the limits of quantum physics

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Nanosphere suspended in a cavity

A team of scientists at UCL led by Peter Barker and Tania Monteiro (UCL Physics and Astronomy) has developed a new technology which could one day create quantum phenomena in objects far larger than any achieved so far.

UCL researcher strikes Bronze for physics display in Parliament

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SET for Britain

Jason Hunt (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) has struck Bronze at a competition in the House of Commons, for the excellence of his physics research, walking away with a £1000 prize.

New paint makes tough self-cleaning surfaces

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A new paint that makes robust self-cleaning surfaces has been developed by a team led by UCL researchers. The coating can be applied to clothes, paper, glass and steel and when combined with adhesives, maintains its self-cleaning properties after being wiped, scratched with a knife and scuffed with sandpaper.

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