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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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22 May 2013: Rare merger reveals secrets of galaxy evolution

Two hungry young galaxies spotted in the act of colliding, billions of light years away, are rapidly forming a massive galaxy about 10 times the size of the Milky Way, according to new research published in the journal Nature. The research, carried out by an international team in including Mat Page (UCL Space and Climate Physics), answers a long-standing question of how giant elliptical galaxies formed in the early Universe, and why they stopped forming stars soon after. More...

14 May 2013: New evidence points at easier start for life on Earth

Just how did life on Earth begin? The precise point at which sterile chemical processes came alive is still shrouded in mystery. However, new research by Dr Matthew Powner (UCL Chemistry) and colleagues at other institutions may shed some light on how this happened. More...

10 May 2013: New molecule could offer targeted therapies against tumour growth

Scientists have discovered a new drug with great promise for the fight against cancer. Called SSR128129E, or SSR for short, it binds to receptors on the surfaces of cancer cells and stops the growth of blood vessels within tumours. It offers a targeted therapy that starves tumours of blood without the side-effects common with many cancer therapies.

9 May 2013: Mobile health technologies to rapidly test and track infectious diseases

Early-warning sensor systems that can test and track serious infectious diseases – such as major flu epidemics, MRSA and HIV – using mobile phones and the internet are being developed by a major new Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) led by UCL. More...

9 May 2013: UCL awarded record number of ESRC studentships

18 multidisciplinary studentships worth an estimated £1.6 million have been awarded to UCL’s Doctoral Training Centre by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). More...

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