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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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Faculty Postgraduate Prize winners announced

Many congratulations to Angela Occhiogrosso, winner of the 2013 Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize, and to Yik (Jennifer) Chan, winner of the 2013 Faculty Postgraduate Taught Prize. More...

ExoMars landing sites narrowed down

The first landing site selection workshop for the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars rover was held on 26-28 March at the European Space Astronomy Centre near Madrid. Prof Andrew Coates of UCL's planetary science group attended the meeting. Coates, based at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory, leads the development of PanCam, the main camera on the rover. The international PanCam team includes hardware from Germany and Switzerland, with important contributions from Austria, as well as the UK.

New Dean of Mathematical & Physical Sciences appointed

The faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of Prof Nick Brook as the new Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The appointment will be effective as of next academic year (2014-15). More...

A potential way to make graphene superconducting

Scientists from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCL and the  London Centre for Nanotechnology have discovered a potential way to make graphene – a single layer of carbon atoms with great promise for future electronics – superconducting. The study, performed in collaboration with Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is published in Nature Communications. More...

Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast, study says

Will next year’s summer Arctic ice extent be high or low? Can ship captains plan on navigating the famed Northwest Passage—a direct shipping route from Europe to Asia across the Arctic Ocean—to save on time and fuel? A new study says year-to-year forecasts of the Arctic’s summer ice extent are not yet reliable. More...

Dennis Lindley – in memoriam

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