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How RNA formed at the origins of life

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An intertidal hydrothermal vent

A single process for how a group of molecules called nucleotides were made on the early Earth, before life began, has been suggested by a UCL-led team of researchers.

Campi Flegrei volcano eruption possibly closer than thought

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Campi Flegrei update

The Campi Flegrei volcano in southern Italy may be closer to an eruption than previously thought, according to new research by UCL and the Vesuvius Observatory in Naples.

Professor Patrick Wolfe to become UCL's appointed non-executive Director and Trustee at The Alan Turing Institute

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Patrick Wolfe, UCL Professor of Statistics and Honorary Professor of Computer Science, has agreed to join the board of the Alan Turing Institute.

UCL research group wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry award

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UCL Chemistry Lab Technical Team

The UCL Chemistry Lab Technical Team, based at University College London, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Technical Excellence Award winner for 2017.

Four UCL scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society

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Fellows of the Royal Society

Four UCL scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society in recognition of their outstanding contribution to science.

Half a century of space at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory

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MSSL staff

Under the leadership of Harrie Massey (Quain Professor of Physics and head of the Physics Department), UCL became the leading UK university in space research during the 1950s. From this pioneering start sprung UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of its official opening this week.

Machine learning: the power and promise of computers that learn by example

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Sofia Olhede

The Royal Society is today releasing its report on "Machine learning: the power and promise of computers that learn by example”. Professor Sofia Olhede (UCL Statistical Science, UCL Computer Science and UCL Mathematics) has been part of the committee, which has explored policy issues associated with automated decision making using machine learning in society.

Winners of the 2017 Provost’s Teaching Awards announced

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Matthew Scroggs (L), Andrea Sella (R)

Eight colleagues including Matthew Scroggs (UCL Mathematics) and Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) have been commended for teaching excellence through UCL’s annual awards which recognise and reward outstanding contributions to the learning experience and success of our students. 

MAPS Faculty Postgraduate Prize Winners and Dean’s Commendations Announced

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Ekaterini Katsouri (L) and Thomas Armitage (R)

Congratulations to Thomas Armitage, winner of the 2016 Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize, and to Ekaterini Katsouri, winner of the 2016 Faculty Postgraduate Taught Prize.

New Christopher Ingold Building windows: a more energy-efficient home for UCL Chemistry

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January saw the completion of the first major Strategic Maintenance Project of 2017, the replacement of approximately 600 windows in the Christopher Ingold Building, home to the Department of Chemistry at UCL.

An ultimate speed limit for cooling

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Glacier

How cold can it get? That depends how long you are willing to wait. The third law of thermodynamics, conjectured in 1912 by the Nobel laureate Walter Nernst, states that it takes an infinite time to cool a system to absolute zero – the coldest temperature possible.

Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars

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A huge mass of glowing stardust in a galaxy seen shortly after the Universe’s formation has been detected by a UCL-led team of astronomers, providing new insights into the birth and explosive deaths of the very first stars.

Down close and personal: New project to run satellites nearer to Earth

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Discoverer satellite

A €5.7m project to develop technologies that will allow satellites to survive and operate at orbits closer to Earth than ever before – considerably lower than the international space station – has recently been launched.

World’s oldest fossils unearthed

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World's oldest fossils

Remains of microorganisms at least 3,770 million years old have been discovered by an international team led by UCL scientists, providing direct evidence of one of the oldest life forms on Earth.

First evidence of rocky planet formation in Tatooine system

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Evidence of planetary debris surrounding a double sun, ‘Tatooine-like’ system has been found for the first time by a UCL-led team of researchers.

UCL part of new £100 million Rosalind Franklin Institute

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UCL is involved in the Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI) – a major new £100 million investment by the government into the development of an innovative multi-disciplinary science and technology research centre.

UCL secures STFC funding to teach next generation of data-science experts

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Panasas aisle (Credit: STFC)

After a very competitive selection process, UCL has been chosen by STFC to host the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Intensive Science (DIS) and Technologies, the first CDT funded by STFC.

Immune system defence force captured in action

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How the natural defence force within our immune system attacks and destroys harmful invaders such as virus-infected and cancerous cells has been visualised in microscopic detail by scientists from UCL, Birkbeck, University of London, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Monash University, Australia.

Data science institutes at University of Michigan and University College London sign academic cooperation agreement

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The Michigan Institute of Data Science (MIDAS) at the University of Michigan and the Centre for Data Science and Big Data Institute at UCL (University College London) have signed a five-year agreement of scientific and academic cooperation.

Museum in Kathleen Lonsdale Building nears completion

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The Kathleen Lonsdale Building (KLB) is being refurbished and will provide a new space for the Rock Room museum, which will display the UCL geology collections to the public. The refurbishment is part of the Transforming UCL programme which will see an overall investment into the UCL estate of £1.2 billion over a 10 year period.

Dr Zhonghua Yao and Professor Chris Owen awarded Royal Astronomical Society prizes

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Dr Zhonghua Yao

The Winton Capital Award for Geophysics is awarded to Dr Zhonghua Yao. Dr Yao is an exceptional post-doctoral research associate, at the start of a stellar career. He has made significant scientific breakthroughs within the field of magnetospheric plasma physics using novel analysis techniques, and he has already proven himself to be a remarkably capable researcher with outstanding scientific insight. 

Using mobile technologies to test and treat those hardest hit by HIV

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Blood is drawn for a rapid HIV test in northern KwaZulu-Natal

Mobile phone-connected HIV tests, which link to online prevention and medical care are being developed by a team involving UCL researchers, for use in South African communities hardest hit by HIV.

Detecting weather on a gas giant exoplanet

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Kepler-2

Signs of powerful changing winds have been detected on an exoplanet 16 times larger than Earth, according to a team involving UCL scientists. It’s the first time that weather systems have been found on a gas giant outside the solar system.

Understanding how ice crystals form in clouds

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How ice forms on the surfaces of mineral dust particles in the atmosphere has been revealed by a team from UCL and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany.

Professor John Morton awarded the 2016 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize

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Professor John Morton awarded the 2016 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize

Professor John Morton, LCN Professor in Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Raymond and Beverley Sacker International Prize in Physical Science for his ‘outstanding and imaginative applications of magnetic resonance to quantum information storage and processing’.

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