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Zap! Spacecraft discovers Saturn's moon Hyperion is charged

The 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 4:46:57 PM

NASA head visits UCL Academy

In a visit arranged by UCL Mullard Space Science lab, the head of NASA, Charles Bolden, visited UCL Academy today.

Published: Oct 9, 2014 4:35:49 PM

UCL researcher wins Aminoff Prize

Professor Ian Robinson of the LCN has been awarded the 2015 Gregori Aminoff Prize in Crystallography.

Published: Sep 16, 2014 9:43:18 AM

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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

Sloths: life in the evolutionary fast lane

Today’s sloths might be known as slow, small animals, but their ancestors developed large body sizes at an amazing rate, according to an evolutionary reconstruction published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology. The fast rate of change suggests that factors such as environmental conditions, or competition with other species must have strongly favoured the bigger sloths, before they died out.

Published: Sep 10, 2014 9:01:23 AM