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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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26 June 2013: MAPS academics commended for teaching quality

Three academics from the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences have been recognised for their outstanding teaching in the annual Provost's Teaching Awards. More...

11 June 2013: Sunjammer team to present latest solar sail technology

Sunjammer, scheduled for launch in late 2014, is a NASA space probe that will carry the largest solar sail ever flown. The mission is designed to demonstrate the long-term potential of solar sails for spacecraft propulsion. In addition, Sunjammer will demonstrate the utility of sails to provide the earliest available warning of dangerous solar storms threatening Earth, and carry a payload of scientific instruments to study space weather. More...

11 June 2013: Computer modelling reveals cancer-causing mutations

Scientists at UCL have used computer simulations to uncover why tiny mutations can trigger certain types of brain and lung cancer. A protein called epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), which regulates the cellular functions in response to extracellular messages, can cause cancer when it mutates into a deregulated hyper-active form, as it affects cell survival, migration and division. But studies of the molecule have not, until now, been able to pinpoint exactly why and how these mutations turn the normally inactive EGFR kinase into the hyperactive version. More...

5 June 2013: How to survive a catastrophe: UCL hosts third risk and disaster reduction conference

From the East Japan earthquake of 2011 to Hurricane Sandy last year, disasters are hugely destructive events, even though they happen only rarely. The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction is a world-leading centre for multidisciplinary research into disasters, how they happen, how they can be avoided, and how they can be mitigated.
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3 June 2013: Huge solar flare caught by Hinode satellite

This year, solar activity should reach its peak. Solar flares are the most energetic explosions in the Solar System, with energies reaching the equivalent of tens of millions of atomic bombs in minutes. More...

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