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UCL scientists honoured in annual RAS awards

Two UCL scientists and one scientific collaboration led by a UCL researcher have been recognised in this year's Royal Astronomical Society Awards.

Published: Jan 12, 2015 11:13:13 AM

Shedding light on why blue LEDs are so tricky to make

Scientists at UCL, in collaboration with groups at the University of Bath and the Science & Technology Facilities Council's Daresbury Laboratory, have uncovered the mystery of why blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are so difficult to make, by revealing the complex properties of their main component – gallium nitride – using sophisticated computer simulations.

Published: Jan 7, 2015 5:07:07 PM

Using light to understand the brain

UCL researchers have developed an innovative way to understand how the brain works by using flashes of light, allowing them to both ‘read’ and ‘write’ brain signals.

Published: Dec 23, 2014 10:32:00 AM

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World's Biggest Landslide Floated Like a Hovercraft

The Heart Mountain landslide of northwest Wyoming is the largest known sub-aerial landslide on Earth. During its emplacement more than 2000 km3 of Paleozoic sedimentary and Eocene volcanic rocks slid >45 km on a basal detachment surface dipping 2°, leading to 100 yr of debate regarding the emplacement mechanisms. "Even I have a hard time visualizing a mountain moving 50 kilometers, but you can move it if the friction is low enough," said lead study author Tom Mitchell.

Published: Jan 21, 2015 4:32:48 PM

Prof Frank James elected

STS congratulates Professor Frank James on his election as Membre Effectif (full member) to the Académie Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences. He was previously a Membre Correspondant.

Published: Jan 20, 2015 6:15:49 PM

UCL joins Graphene Flagship

A team including four UCL departments has joined the EU’s Graphene Flagship project, giving the university a foothold in one of the biggest scientific programmes currently underway.

Published: Jan 16, 2015 12:15:00 PM

Job: Research Associate in Evaluation of Science Communication

STS currently is seeking a Research Associate for a project aimed at using the inspiration of space to interest children and teenagers in science and technology, broaden their minds and stimulate European and global citizenship. Led by the University of Leiden, EUSPACE-AWE is a €2million multi-national collaboration funded by the European Commission which will draw on the excitement of space and achievements of European space science. 

Published: Jan 14, 2015 3:25:00 PM

MSSL Solar Physics Recognised in RAS Awards 2015

The work and achievements of members of the MSSL Solar Physics Group has been recognised by the Royal Astronomical Society in their annual awards. The Group Achievement Award in Geophysics went to the Hinode EIS team, led by MSSL's Prof. Louise Harra, and the RAS Service Award was awarded to Prof. Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi.

Published: Jan 12, 2015 8:52:36 AM