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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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16 July 2012: A magnetic monster’s dual personality

An international team of scientists have discovered a rare hybrid star using ESA’s XMM-Newton and Nasa's SWIFT X-ray-telescopes. More...

10 July 2012: Director-Designate of the UCL European Institute sought

The Office of the UCL Vice-Provost (Research) invites applications from UCL academic staff for the post of Director of the UCL European Institute, to succeed Professor Richard Bellamy. The appointee will shadow Professor Bellamy in 2012/13 and take over in August 2013 for a three-year period. More...

4 July 2012: UCL physicists celebrate discovery of Higgs-like particle

Scientists at CERN - including members from UCL’s High Energy Physics Group working at the ATLAS experiment - have discovered a new subatomic particle that could be the elusive Higgs boson, which is believed to be crucial in the formation of the universe. More...

3 July 2012: New app keeps Londoners in the loop about the tube

A new app for android phones allows Londoners to share their experiences about the London Underground as they travel, and could transform how we use public transport. More...

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