Picture of the Week
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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24 March 2014: Scientists develop world’s first light-activated antimicrobial surface that also works in the dark
Researchers at UCL have developed a new antibacterial material which has potential for cutting hospital acquired infections. The combination of two simple dyes with nanoscopic particles of gold is deadly to bacteria when activated by light - even under modest indoor lighting. And in a first for this type of substance, it also shows impressive antibacterial properties in total darkness. More...
14 March 2014: UCL researchers set to take their research to parliament
Sixteen 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. More...
12 February 2014: Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
A £10.3 million grant has been awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to find safer, more sustainable materials for manufacturing. More...
9 January 2014: Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis
Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to the first unambiguous theoretical evidence of quantum effects in photosynthesis published today in the journal Nature Communications. More...
7 January 2014: ALMA spots supernova dust factory 160,000 light years away
UK scientists have used the ALMA telescope to help capture the remains of a recent supernova - or exploding star – that is brimming with freshly formed dust 160,000 light years from Earth. More...
17 December 2013: ESA’s Billion Star Surveyor: UCL’s contribution
13 December 2013: Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research: winners announced
13 December 2013: Astronomers discover first noble gas molecules in space
28 November 2013: GREAT3 challenges researchers to find new methods for measuring weak gravitational lensing
18 November 2013: UCL top in research council income
30 October 2013: First results from world’s most sensitive dark matter detector
29 October 2013: Striking research images sought for UCL competition
28 October 2013: New material for quantum computing discovered out of the blue
11 October 2013: Iron in the Earth’s core weakens before melting
11 October 2013: ExoMars Rover uses PanCam to explore Atacama Desert
8 October 2013: Peter Higgs & François Englert win Nobel Prize for Physics
9 September 2013: Another Way of Seeing: contemporary art responds to astronomy
6 September 2013: Reflecting on Earth's albedo
3 September 2013: UK scientists begin 5 year quest to solve cosmic detective puzzle
19 August 2013: Festival of the Planets comes to London
15 August 2013: David Willetts visits UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory
2 August 2013: Government commits to Proton Beam Therapy at UCLH
11 July 2013: Solar tsunami used to measure Sun’s magnetic field
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