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In memoriam: Bruce Swinyard

Today at 12pm, UCL lowered its flag in memory of Prof Bruce Swinyard (UCL Physics & Astronomy), who died after a long illness in May.

Published: Jul 22, 2015 9:23:00 AM

Cool summer of 2013 boosted Arctic sea ice

The volume of Arctic sea ice increased by a third after the summer of 2013 as the unusually cool air temperatures prevented the ice from melting, according to UCL and University of Leeds scientists. This suggests that the ice pack in the Northern hemisphere is more sensitive to changes in summer melting than it is to winter cooling, a finding which will help researchers to predict future changes in its volume.

Published: Jul 20, 2015 4:36:28 PM

A new blueprint for quantum computing with photons

Quantum computers promise a step change in computational power for some important problems, such as the simulation of the properties of solid materials and chemical reactions.

Published: Jul 9, 2015 4:40:53 PM

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Sixth Formers Sample Space Science

MSSL has just finished its second annual work experience week for sixth formers and in the words of Adi Ramani, one of the sixth formers taking part: “It was an amazing week. I don’t think anything was lacking.  It is the perfect experience for anyone wanting to pursue Physics or Engineering.”

Published: Aug 3, 2015 10:45:42 AM

Professor Valerie Isham elected as Bernoulli Society Councillor for 2015-2019

Professor Isham will be installed as a member of Council of the Bernoulli Society for Probability and Mathematical Statistics at the 60th World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute (26-31 July 2015) in Rio de Janeiro. She previously served on Council during 2003-7.

Published: Jul 24, 2015 1:54:40 PM

Solar Physics Group celebrates RAS and Arthur awards

Members of the MSSL Solar Physics Group have been celebrating three recent awards for their achievements and service to the solar physics and wider astronomical communities. Prof. Len Culhane was awarded the Sir Arthur C. Clarke Award for Lifetime Achievement at this year's awards ceremony. Prof. Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi was awarded the RAS Service Award and Prof. Louise Harra received the RAS Group Achievement Award on behalf of the Hinode EIS Team at this year's National Astronomy Meeting.

Published: Jul 21, 2015 2:26:04 PM