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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: Dec 22, 2014 9:34:26 AM

Origin of polar auroras revealed

Researchers from UCL, University of Southampton and Cambridge University together with ESA and NASA have uncovered the origin of a colourful display in the night sky called ‘theta aurora’, explaining for the first time how auroras at high-latitudes form.

Published: Dec 19, 2014 2:32:56 PM

Dr Matt Powner wins the Thieme Chemistry prize

Dr Matt Powner (UCL Chemistry) has been awarded the 2015 Thieme Chemistry Journal Award. The award is to recognise promising young professors at the beginning of their career and is made by the editorial boards of the journals Synlett, Synthesis, and Synfacts.

Published: Dec 18, 2014 4:17:58 PM

News stories from departmental websites

Arctic sea ice level recovery in 2014

 Despite a well-documented ~40% decline in summer Arctic sea ice extent since the late 1970’s, it has been difficult to estimate trends in sea ice volume because thickness observations have been spatially incomplete and temporally sporadic. While numerical models suggest that the decline in extent has been accompanied by a reduction in volume, there is considerable disagreement over the rate at which this has occurred.

Published: Dec 19, 2014 12:12:08 PM

STS research seminars Term 2 announced

We are delighted to announce the STSUCL seminars for next term. These will all take place in Darwin B15, starting at 4:30pm, with tea and coffee available from 4pm.

Published: Dec 19, 2014 11:32:46 AM

Research Excellence Framework 2014 Results

MSSL is delighted to be part of the top-rated university in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework, and to be listed as one of the top physics departments in the UK.

Published: Dec 18, 2014 3:39:39 PM

Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) results

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) results were released on 18th December 2014, which determine our level of funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England for the next few years.

Published: Dec 18, 2014 10:47:01 AM

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