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Commemorating a forty year ban on biological warfare

In the Department of Science & Technology Studies, Brian Balmer, Professor of Science Policy Studies, and Alex Spelling, Research Associate in Cold War History, are working on a project: ‘Understanding Biological Disarmament: The Historical Context of the Biological Weapons Convention’, in conjunction with Dr Caitriona McLeish (University of Sussex), and the Harvard-Sussex Programme.

Published: Mar 31, 2015 4:09:49 PM

Dark matter even darker than once thought

Astronomers using observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have studied how dark matter in clusters of galaxies behaves when the clusters collide.

Published: Mar 27, 2015 9:31:13 AM

A light touch to reading electron spins

Scientists at UCL have shown a new way of reading electron spins, which eliminates the need for powerful magnetic fields and reduces the reliance on very low temperatures.

Published: Mar 26, 2015 9:49:40 AM

EU Science Commissioner visits UCL

The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Carlos Moedas, visited UCL today. He held  a meeting with the President & Provost of UCL, Professor Michael Arthur, before visiting the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

Published: Mar 24, 2015 4:21:56 PM

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STS Invited to the UN in Geneva

In the Department of Science & Technology Studies, Brian Balmer, Professor of Science Policy Studies, and Alex Spelling, Research Associate in Cold War History, are working on a project:  ‘Understanding Biological Disarmament: The Historical Context of the Biological Weapons Convention’, in conjunction with STS alum (1996) Dr CaitrÍona McLeish at the Science Policy Research Unit - University of Sussex, and the Harvard-Sussex Programme. The three year project overlaps with the 40th anniversary of the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention (known as the BWC) entering into force on 26th March 1975. From this date, biological warfare was banned under international law. The anniversary is of particular significance as the BWC has been called the world’s first genuine multilateral disarmament treaty: it prohibited an entire class of weapons from development, production and possession, rather than merely limiting or preventing nations acquiring certain weapons or provisions relating to use. Review conferences for members have been held every five years since it entered into force and work continues from Geneva to strengthen and develop its provisions.

Published: Mar 31, 2015 3:46:54 PM

London Ancient Science Conference

The London Ancient Science Conference, run from STS@UCL by Prof. Gregory has received a British Society for the History of Science Strategic Conference Grant for the next two years.

Published: Mar 27, 2015 10:56:10 AM

Toxic World

STS first year PhD Student, Alex Mankoo, has won a competitive award to attend the 8th European Spring School on History Of Science And Popularization.  This year’s theme is “Living In A Toxic World  (1800-2000), Experts, Activism, Industry And Regulation”  and will be held at Maó (Menorca), 14-16 May 2015.   There will be talks by a number of experts on all aspects of the history of toxic environments, as well as poster and workshop sessions on the same theme. Alex’s doctoral research is on the history tear gas, which fits well with the general theme of the Spring school.  

Published: Mar 20, 2015 6:43:45 PM