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Revealed: how bacteria drill into our cells and kill them

A team of scientists has revealed how certain harmful bacteria drill into our cells to kill them. Their study shows how bacterial ‘nanodrills’ assemble themselves on the outer surfaces of our cells, and includes the first movie of how they then punch holes in the cells’ outer membranes.

Published: Dec 2, 2014 4:47:40 PM

UCL and Japan strengthen links in big data science

The UK and Japan are forging new links in the field of big data. As part of this developing strategic partnership, a delegation of leading Japanese data scientists visited the UK last week. In their schedule of meetings with UK universities, government institutions and companies, they spent a day at UCL’s Big Data Institute, to discuss possible areas of future collaboration.

Published: Nov 25, 2014 9:46:05 AM

Research reveals how our bodies keep unwelcome visitors out of cell nuclei

The structure of pores found in cell nuclei has been uncovered by a UCL-led team of scientists, revealing how they selectively block certain molecules from entering, protecting genetic material and normal cell functions. The discovery could lead to the development of new drugs against viruses that target the cell nucleus and new ways of delivering gene therapies, say the scientists behind the study.

Published: Nov 24, 2014 4:39:35 PM

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Cosmic Chemistry

Professor Andrea Sella and Professor Steve Price have explored the unusual reactions taking place in nebulae that the textbooks say shouldn’t be happening - reactions that allow new stars to form.  To watch their short programme on the BBC FOUR Programme "The Sky at Night", please follow this link.

Published: Dec 15, 2014 3:55:31 PM

2014 "Gerhard Ertl" Lecture

Richard Catlow gave the 2014 "Gerhard Ertl" Lecture in Berlin on 10 December 2014. The lecture and award are named after the 2007 Nobel Laureate and are for contributions to Catalytic and Surface Science. The award is made annually by the three universities in Berlin and the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society.  The  theme of the lecture was the role of computer modelling as a tool in surface and catalytic science and highlighted work in these fields at UCL in recent years. The lecture and award ceremony were attended by Prof Ertl.

Published: Dec 15, 2014 3:54:23 PM

Professor Sofia Olhede elected a member of the International Statistical Institute

Professor Sofia Olhede has been elected a member of the International Statistical Institute at the 2014 Membership Elections following her services to the international workshop on the Future of Statistics. This meeting produced the International Year of Statistics Report (accessible via the below link).

Published: Dec 15, 2014 9:53:41 AM

NERC funded PhD Opportunities

This is an exciting opportunity for students with an interest in the deep Earth to become part of a large consortium of UK and international researchers funded by NERC.

Published: Dec 12, 2014 10:15:00 AM

Dr Gareth Peters to lead team of international researchers studying Operational Risk models in partnership with ORX Banking Association

Dr Gareth Peters has been awarded a research grant from ORX Association, the world's leading banking association for Operational Risk data, to lead a team of researchers including Drs Tomaso Aste, Ariane Chapelle, Pavel Shevchenko and Simon Fung. The research will be developed jointly with a banking steering group comprised of members from ORX (Luke Carrivick), Credit Agricole, Morgan Stanley, RBI, Santander and State Street.

Published: Dec 9, 2014 3:31:23 PM