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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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27 February 2013: Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock recognised at Suffrage Science event

Space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, an Honorary Research Associate at UCL Physics and Astronomy, is among 12 female scientists and engineers who will participate in the annual Medical Research Council event, Suffrage Science.

13 February 2013: CryoSat-2 mission reveals major Arctic sea-ice loss

Arctic sea ice volume has declined by 36 per cent in the autumn and 9 per cent in the winter between 2003 and 2012, a UK-led team of scientists has discovered. More...

12 February 2013: Graphene research chosen as EU Future Emerging Technology flagship

The European Commission has chosen the Graphene Flagship as one of Europe’s first 10-year FET flagship projects. More...

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