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Faculty Teaching Awards 2014

I am delighted to be able to announce the winners of the MAPS Faculty Teaching Awards 2014.  The panel received a strong field of nominations for two categories. More...

Imaging improved by scrambling X-rays


X-ray phase-contrast imaging can provide high-quality images of objects with lower radiation doses. But until now these images have been hard to obtain and required special X-ray sources whose properties are typically only found at large particle accelerator facilities.
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Reef built by animals 550 million years ago discovered

Newly found fossils show animals built living reefs twenty million years earlier than previously thought. More...

Climate scientists need professional body, says UCL policy commission

Climate scientists need to establish a professional body to help define their roles, values and practices to satisfy society’s needs, and to provide guidance to improve their training and development, according to a report published today by the UCL Policy Commission on the Communication of Climate Science.  More...

A formula for cheating at dice

A perfectly fair die has one chance in six of landing on each side when it is rolled. But load the dice by making some of the edges longer than others, and the probabilities suddenly become more complicated. In fact, nobody has ever produced a comprehensive theory of the probabilities of such a biased die landing on any given face – a challenge for physicists, as well as for anyone who might want to cheat a casino. More...

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