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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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GSA's classic papers

Congratulations to Liz Gaunt (NERC PhD Student 2009-13) whose paper on “Pathways for degassing during the eruption of Mount St Helens” published in Geology has had the biggest social media response ever received by the Geological Society of America for a paper, including the GSA’s classic papers. When promoted last Thursday on GSA’s Facebook page, it accumulated more than 540 likes and 70 shares. My guess is that your paper will pop up near the top of Geology's most-read list."

Published: May 29, 2015 1:26:00 PM

STS staff speak at the WHO

On 21st May 2015, Prof. Brian Balmer and STS alumni, Dr Caitriona McLeish (University of Sussex), participated in the 88th Global Health Histories seminar at the World Health Organisation (WHO), Geneva.   They spoke about the research coming from their AHRC funded collaborative project, with Dr Alex Spelling (STS), on the history of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).  The BWC is the treaty that outlaws the use of disease as a weapon of war and was negotiated in the late 1960s and early 1970s.   Their talk concentrated on the media coverage of biological weapons during this period and on the role of the WHO in providing expert advice to the negotiating process.  Dr Maurizio Barbeschi, Preparedness, Mass Gatherings and Deliberate Events Team, WHO also spoke about his experience of investigating allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria.  The event was attended by 40 WHO staff and interns and was scheduled to coincide with the 68th World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva.

Published: May 22, 2015 6:00:39 PM