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Magnetar near supermassive black hole delivers surprises

In 2013, astronomers announced they had discovered a magnetar exceptionally close to the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way using a suite of space-borne telescopes including NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Published: May 14, 2015 4:00:10 PM

Fundamental physics solves the riddle of Earth’s magnetic core

Resistance caused by electrons bouncing off each other in Earth’s molten iron core is essential to explain how the planet’s protective magnetic field is generated, say researchers at UCL, the Carnegie Institution for Science and Rutgers University, USA.

Published: May 11, 2015 4:55:26 PM

UCL chemists recognised in awards

Two UCL chemists, Sally Price and David Scanlon, have been recognised in this year's Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) awards. Meanwhile, UCL's Ivan Parkin has won the Griffith Medal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

Published: May 6, 2015 11:05:59 AM

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Job Opportunity - Research Associates level.

Applications are invited for two research associates positions in the Mineral Physics group in the Department of Earth Sciences whose aim is to understand the dynamics and evolution of the deep Earth and planets. The research will focus on pre-melting behaviour in iron, in simple metals and in other simple materials. The research will determine whether or not there are significant changes in material properties (such as elastic constants, sound velocities and other thermoelastic properties) just prior to melting.

Published: May 15, 2015 10:26:00 AM

Magnetar near supermassive black hole delivers surprises

In 2013, astronomers announced they had discovered a magnetar exceptionally close to the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way using a suite of space-borne telescopes including NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Published: May 14, 2015 4:00:00 PM