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LUX dark matter detector

Detecting dark matter

The kind of matter and energy we can see and touch – whether it is in the form of atoms and molecules, or heat and light, only forms a tiny proportion of the content of the Universe, only about 5%. Over a quarter is dark matter, which is totally invisible but whose gravitational attraction can be detected; while over two thirds is dark energy, a force that pushes the Universe to expand ever faster.

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Archive of MAPS News in UCL

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23 October 2012: UCL Behaviour Change Month – November 2012

UCL Behaviour Change Month in November 2012 will comprise a series of cross-disciplinary talks, discussions and workshops, and lead up to a £10,000 research prize workshop in January 2013. More...

9 October 2012: £4.3m awarded for experimental particle physics

The UCL High Energy Physics (HEP) research group in UCL Physics & Astronomy has been awarded £4,340,016 from the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) for experimental particle physics research through to 2016. More...

5 October 2012: UCL Mullard Space Science lab to train ESA staff

UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) has won a major 3-5 year contract to provide project management training to the next generation of project managers at the European Space Agency (ESA). More...

5 October 2012: UCL Discovery downloads surpass 2m

The total number of papers, reports and PhD dissertations downloaded from UCL Discovery, the university’s Open Access repository, surpassed 2,000,000 during September 2012. More...

1 October 2012: Loopholes discovered in Sun’s magnetic belt

The mystery surrounding how an electrically charged solar wind can be unleashed from around the Sun’s equator – an area where strong magnetic fields should strap it to the surface – has been solved by an international team of researchers. More...

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