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MAPS Faculty Postgraduate Prize Winners and Dean's Commendations Announced

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Many congratulations to Yao Lu, winner of the 2017 Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize, and to Oliver Gittus, winner of the 2017 Faculty Postgraduate Taught Prize.

UCL secures key role in ESA mission concept to monitor space weather

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A new European Space Agency (ESA) mission concept to help reduce the global risk of damage caused by space weather will be worked on by teams from across the UK with UCL playing a pivotal role in developing instruments on board the spacecraft.

Synthetic ‘virus’ to kill bacteria

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synthetic virus

A synthetic ‘virus’ that kills bacteria on first contact has been developed by UCL and National Physical Laboratory researchers (NPL).

Ground-breaking experiment will test the limits of quantum theory

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Cooling of nanoparticles

Scientists from three UK universities are to test one of the fundamental laws of physics as part of a major Europe-wide project awarded more than £3m in funding.

UCL astrophysicists win Royal Astronomical Society awards

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RAS awards v2

Two UCL astrophysicists, Professor Mark Cropper and Dr Amelie Saintonge, have received prestigious Royal Astronomical Society awards this year.

New technology for diagnosing immunity to Ebola

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A promising new approach to detect immunity to Ebola virus infection has been developed by researchers from i-sense in a collaboration between UCL and Imperial College London.

Developing a secure, un-hackable net

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Quantum computing

A method of securely communicating between multiple quantum devices has been developed by a UCL-led team of scientists, bringing forward the reality of a large-scale, un-hackable quantum network.

Data on 400 million astronomical objects released

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Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory

Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey (DES), which includes UCL researchers, announce their first three years of data including information on about 400 million astronomical objects such as distant galaxies billions of light years away as well as stars in our own galaxy.

Six UCL papers in Altmetric Top 100

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UCL research captured the public’s imagination last year with six papers featuring in the Altmetric Top 100 of 2.2 million research outputs tracked in 2017.

Leverhulme Trust recognises UCL research excellence 

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UCL Leverhulme winners

The Leverhulme Trust has recognised the excellence of UCL’s research, funding a doctoral training programme as well as making fifteen awards to academics to further their work in a wide range of fields including the study of the genes in yeast, chemistry and English literature.

UCL researchers awarded two ERC Consolidator Grants

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Giuseppe Battaglia (L), John Morton (R)

Giuseppe Battaglia, Professor of Molecular Bionics (UCL Chemistry) and John Morton, Professor in Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics (UCL London Centre for Nanotechnology) have both been awarded prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants.

Professor Peter Coveney awarded major allocation of supercomputer resources

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Titan Supercomputer

Professor Peter Coveney, from the Centre for Computational Science (UCL Chemistry), has led a proposal that has been awarded a major allocation of super computer resources (80 million core hours on Titan, the world’s fifth fastest supercomputer, as of November 2017) through the US Department of Energy INCITE Supercomputing Award. 

UCL receives £3.8m for internationally-recognised healthcare research centre

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A UCL-led interdisciplinary research consortium, i-sense 'IRC Next Steps', has been allocated more than £3.8m in government funding for pioneering developments of agile early warning sensing systems for infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance.

Massive primordial galaxies found nestling in vast halo of dark matter

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giant galaxies

Two giant galaxies seen when the universe was only 780 million years old, or about 5% of its current age, have been identified by an international team involving UCL scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

UCL Professor shares Breakthrough Prize for early universe mapping

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A leading UCL cosmologist has shared this year’s $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for creating detailed maps of the early Universe.

Ultrasound imaging needle to transform heart surgery

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fibre needle

Heart tissue can be imaged in real-time during keyhole procedures using a new optical ultrasound needle developed by researchers at UCL and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Probing the nature of the neutrino using SuperNEMO

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One mile beneath a mountain in the French Alps, an international team involving UCL scientists is hoping to unlock more secrets of the mysterious neutrino using a new, cutting-edge experiment called SuperNEMO.

Jupiter’s X-ray auroras pulse independently

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Jupiter’s intense northern and southern lights pulse independently of each other according to new UCL-led research using ESA’s XMM-Newton and NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatories.

SMILE mission gets £3 million boost

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SMILE coronal mass ejection

A space mission called SMILE (Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer), jointly developed by the European Space Agency and the Chinese Academy of Sciences with major UK involvement from UCL, has received additional funding from the UK Space Agency.

UCL to host one of eight new PhD training centres to boost UK’s data science expertise

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Data intensive science in the UK has received a major boost thanks to an investment of almost £10million to train the next generation of experts in this important research area.

New X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer enters trial phase in UCL Chemistry

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UCL’s Chemistry department has used a multi-user EPSRC grant to purchase a new X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS). The XPS is available for use by all UCL researchers, and promises new opportunities for research in the Faculty for Mathematical and Physical Sciences and beyond. 

UCL’s teaching successes highlighted in study of national rankings

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UCL has been singled out for key features of its teaching including its focus on student employability, curriculum innovations and humility in an analysis of the recent nationwide assessment of universities’ teaching quality.

Catching the first light from a gravitational wave event

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Light and gravitational waves produced by the same event – a pair of neutron stars exploding – have been detected for the first time by a huge international collaboration involving UCL researchers.

Major rethink needed on stem cells and regenerative medicine

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UCL researchers are leading a call for a coordinated strategy to reform the management of scientific discoveries and clinical experimentation involving stem cells and regenerative medicine.

UCL helps shape UK's battery research strategy for electric car revolution

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Electric cars charging

UCL has been selected to be a founding partner in the creation of a new institute that will help Britain develop battery technologies that will drive the electric vehicle (EV) revolution.

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