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Mars’ surface revealed in unprecedented detail

The surface of Mars – including the location of Beagle-2 – has been shown in unprecedented detail by UCL scientists using a revolutionary image stacking and matching technique.

Published: Apr 26, 2016 6:50:06 AM

MAPS Research Festival BIG DATA

We were delighted with how the Festival went on Wednesday 20th April. Many thanks to all of our fascinating speakers, and for everyone who was able to attend for helping to make it such a success. 

Published: Apr 15, 2016 1:32:43 PM

UCL scientists nominated as names for polar research ship

Dr Katharine Giles and Professor Seymour Laxon, both of UCL Earth Sciences, have been proposed as names for a new polar research ship in a public competition run by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which closes on 16 April.

Published: Apr 6, 2016 1:22:19 PM

Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s ‘Northern Lights’

Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s intense ‘Northern Lights’ by generating a new X-ray aurora that is eight times brighter than normal and hundreds of times more energetic than Earth’s aurora borealis, finds new UCL-led research using NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

Published: Mar 23, 2016 9:27:05 AM

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Studies of lava spines at Mount St. Helens volcano.

The explosive potential of volcanoes is primarily controlled by the quantity of gas in the magma and its ability to escape. Gas can escape from solidified magma through a network of interlinked cracks, and the ease of escape in this way is known as the permeability. In a recent paper published by Gaunt et al. in Bulletin of Volcanology, studies of lava spines at Mount St. Helens volcano, have revealed that although these fracture-networks are relatively permeable at room temperature, at elevated temperatures such as those found in volcanic conduits, this permeability can be substantially reduced. This results was not expect and means that the permeability and explosion potential can change dramatically with changing environmental conditions.

Published: May 2, 2016 10:26:00 AM

Palaeoceanography students newsletter article published.

The students: Paul Bridger, Sinéad Lyster and Abigail Hunt discuss their experiences of using an ocean core replicate during a practical for the Palaeoceanography course (GeolGG17/M018). The core covers an interval of dramatic climate change around 55.8 million years ago, termed the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM). The students studied the colour changes in the core replica, plotted percent carbonate data and answered a series of questions to determine sedimentological changes through this interval.

Published: Apr 28, 2016 12:26:00 PM

Workshop on Infectious Disease Modelling in Public Health Policy: Current Status and Challenges

The research group in Statistics and Health Economics, in collaboration with Mapi, is organising a workshop on Infectious Disease Modelling in Public Health Policy. The workshop will be held at UCL on 4 July 2016 and is aimed at discussing the methodological status quo in infectious disease modelling and the potential issues associated with its extension to an economic (rather than a purely epidemiological) context. Details are available at the link below.

Published: Apr 28, 2016 12:19:51 PM

EGU 2016 Awards: Louis Néel Medal.

On 19 April, Phil Meredith was awarded the 2016 Louis Néel Medal at the European Geosciences Union Assembly in Vienna. The award recognises outstanding achievements in rock magnetism, rock physics and geomaterials. In his citation, Ian Main, from the University of Edinburgh, highlighted how Phil has pioneered an entirely new, holistic approach to experimental rock physics and how the rock-physics community has benefited enormously from his unselfish co-operation in research: “He is a lively, deeply thoughtful and generous collaborator, serious about his work, but fun to be with.”

Published: Apr 26, 2016 12:26:00 PM