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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 January 2014: Supernova in Messier 82 discovered by UCL students

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21 January 2014: Frozen magnetic monopoles create new laboratory physics

Many of the most interesting things in nature – from spectacular lightning strikes to the subtlety of life itself – are transient, or far–from–equilibrium. To discover the secrets of far from equilibrium states, physicists need simple yet appealing laboratory systems. Now, Prof Steve Bramwell (London Centre for Nanotechnology) has collaborated with workers in Grenoble (France), Cardiff, Oxford and Kitakyushu (Japan), to create just such a system in the magnetic material known as “spin ice”. More...

13 January 2014: UCL wins £1m for clean hydrogen technology

Scientists at UCL have won a £1m government grant to develop clean fuel technology. The four year project, led by Prof Xiao Guo (UCL Chemistry) will focus on filtering and purifying hydrogen fuels, and will develop a prototype device that can be used in fuel-cell powered electric vehicles. Impure hydrogen currently hampers the viability of fuel cells as a source of electric power. More...

10 January 2014: UCL astronomers recognised by Royal Astronomical Society

Three UCL astronomers have been recognised by the Royal Astronomical Society. More...

9 January 2014: Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis

Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to the first unambiguous theoretical evidence of quantum effects in photosynthesis published today in the journal Nature Communications. More...

9 January 2014: Researchers grapple with nuclear legacy

A consortium of researchers at 10 universities, including Professor Nik Kaltsoyannis (UCL Chemistry), has won £5m in government funding to explore means of dealing with the UK’s nuclear waste. The DISTINCTIVE (Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage soluTIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories) project, led by the University of Leeds and funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, will bring together universities, the nuclear industry and government nuclear advisors. More...

7 January 2014: ALMA spots supernova dust factory 160,000 light years away

UK scientists have used the ALMA telescope to help capture the remains of a recent supernova - or exploding star – that is brimming with freshly formed dust 160,000 light years from Earth. More...

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