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UK astronomers reach deep into space and time

A three-dimensional map of the Universe, reaching deeper in space and time than any yet made, is to be produced by an international team of 200 scientists, including leading astronomers from the UK.

Published: Sep 21, 2015 4:58:36 PM

Mathematics students to turn time backwards...

Anna Lambert and Oliver Southwick - both PhD students in UCL Mathematics - will be taking fluid dynamics to the Spark Festival this bank holiday weekend (30-31 August).

Published: Aug 28, 2015 3:19:31 PM

Graduation 2015

The 2015 cohort of students from the faculty graduated this week.

Published: Aug 28, 2015 10:46:00 AM

News stories from departmental websites

Fun with Minerals.

Hello there, I’m Nadine Gabriel and I’ve been working with the UCL Geology Collections for just over a year. Towards the end of the summer holidays, I was given the chance to audit the thousands of mineral specimens in the Rock Room to ensure that we have a record of what is (and isn’t) in the collection. While auditing the collection, I handled a wide variety of specimens and learnt about new minerals and their classification – I’ve come across so many minerals that I’ve never heard of, even after doing two years of geology. But the best thing about working with the collection was saying ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ every time I saw a nice shiny mineral.

Published: Oct 9, 2015 10:26:00 AM

STS awarded BRONZE Athena SWAN

STS has been awarded a BRONZE award by the Athena SWAN Equality Challenge Unit (link). The bronze award is a certification that STS is engaged in the pursuit of gender equity and has in place commendable practices towards that end. Receipt of this award fits into UCL's Equalities Strategy and is supported by research councils and other research funders across the UK.

Published: Oct 2, 2015 9:37:56 AM

The Earth has rusted heart.

"No one knows precisely what the composition of the center of the Earth is. This is one of the best kept secrets of our planet as mankind has never reached deeper than 12 km below its surface." writes  Tristan Vey in Le Figaro. In fact only laboratory experiments, seismological analysis and thermodynamic models can help us get a better understanding of this mysterious inner core. These show the existence of a liquid metallic outer core with a diameter of about 5000 km that contains a “small” and spinning solid inner core about 2400 km wide. While this solid part is almost exclusively composed of iron-nickel alloy (with a 16/1 ratio), seismological surveys have shown that the surrounding environment of liquified metal contains significant quantities of lighter elements such as sulphur, carbon, silicon as well as oxygen. But in what proportion? 

Published: Sep 24, 2015 3:26:00 PM

Science in Public Conference

A presentation by UCL STS PhD student Oliver Marsh has been picked as a “stand-out” of the 2015 Science In Public conference.  Hosted by the Science Communication Unit at the UWE, Bristol, the conference brought together around 80 researchers and practitioners for four workshops and 35 presentations dealing with many aspects of ‘science in public’ in its broadest sense.  Oliver’s presentation, entitled Billions and Billions of Likes: Understanding and Representing Online Science Enthusiasm, introduced and discussed various research considerations and methods for dealing with huge datasets produced by online social network sites.  The conference report can be found at https://www.pcst.co/newsitem/8 and a copy of Oliver’s presentation is hosted on https://sidewayslookatscience.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/resources-for-my-presentation-on-researching-large-social-media-sites-science-in-public-uwe-9th-10th-july-2015/ .

Published: Sep 23, 2015 9:37:30 AM