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Spins in silicon are feeling electric

Scientists at UCL have developed a new way of changing information stored in quantum bits – a vital technology for ensuring computers continue to increase in power over the next century.

Published: Oct 28, 2014 4:30:49 PM

ZAP! Spacecraft discovers Saturn’s moon Hyperion is charged

Cassini spacecraft received the equivalent of a 200 volt electric shock from the electrostatically charged surface of Saturn’s moon, Hyperion, confirming that objects in the outer Solar System can have charged surfaces, according to UCL research.

Published: Oct 16, 2014 3:14:08 PM

3D model shows survival strategies of bacteria

Bacteria are particularly ingenious when it comes to survival strategies. They often create a biofilm to protect themselves from a hostile environment, for example during treatment with antibiotics, and scientists have unravelled the secrets of how they do this with a new 3D model. 

Published: Sep 15, 2014 9:20:10 AM

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Statistical Science researchers publish new methods on visualising networks as connection surfaces in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Networks are generally visualised using a "spaghetti plot" of entities under study, and the linkages between them. This becomes unfeasible as the networks grow in size, as the plots cannot convey any meaningful information. New methods for visualising such large networks have been proposed by Statistical Science researchers, building on the fundamental notion of a histogram representation of a density.

Published: Oct 29, 2014 12:25:11 PM

Festival of Geology 2014

The annual Festival of Geology will take place on Saturday 1 November at UCL with filed trips on Sunday 2nd November.  For this year we have invited Professor Peter Styles who will talk about 'Shale Gas: What the frack is that all about!?'  Richard Edmonds will follow with the presentation about ‘Fossils and fossil collecting along the Jurassic Coast’.  For the afternoon session we have scheduled two talks one by Professor Iain Stewart - ‘Planet Oil’ and the second one by Dr. Laurance Donnelly - ‘Forensic Geology: The Applications of Geology to Policing and Law Enforcement’.

Published: Oct 27, 2014 4:52:06 PM

The Neftex Earth Model Award:

We are pleased to announce that Rhys Shea, our 2014 MSci graduate has won First Prize in the 2014 Neftex Earth Model Award for his project entitled ‘Effect of Buoyant Flat-Slab Subduction on Surface Plate Kinematics: The Nazca – South American Case Study​’.

Published: Oct 22, 2014 5:15:07 PM

Co-evolution of Life and the Planet Conference 

On 4th November evening, we will be holding the Ice-breaker evening at UCL for the upcoming 'Co-evolution of Life and the Planet – Future perspectives in Earth System Science' conference at the Geological Society of London.

Published: Oct 21, 2014 5:09:07 PM