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Kathleen Lonsdale Building Re-opened by Sir David Attenborough

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David Attenborough Talk

UCL’s Kathleen Lonsdale Building, home to UCL Earth Sciences and groups from Chemistry, Astrophysics, and Mathematics, was re-opened by Sir David Attenborough on Tuesday 17 April following a £27.5 million refurbishment. 

New ocean plankton species named after BBC's Blue Planet series

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Syracosphaera azureaplaneta

A newly discovered species of ocean plankton, Syracosphaera azureaplaneta, has been named by UCL researchers in honour of the critically acclaimed BBC Blue Planet series and its presenter Sir David Attenborough.

Antarctica retreating across the sea floor

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Antarctica’s great ice sheet is losing ground as it is eroded by warm ocean water circulating beneath its floating edge, a new UCL and University of Leeds study has found.  

Unlocking the secrets of ice

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The complex properties of water and ice are not well understood but a team from UCL and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source have revealed new information about a phase of ice called 'ice II'.

World’s first room temperature maser using diamond developed

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The world’s first continuous room-temperature solid-state maser has been developed by UCL and Imperial College London scientists.

UCL to lead European mission to study new planets

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UCL is leading a multi-million pound European mission to study newly discovered planets after it was selected today as the next European Space Agency science mission.

UCL continues to perform strongly in QS subject rankings

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UCL Quad

UCL has 12 subject areas ranked in the global top 10 in the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject, improving upon last year’s position with Life Sciences and Arts & Humanities joining the top 10.

Supercomputer model reveals how sticky tape makes graphene

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Scientists at UCL have explained for the first time the mystery of why adhesive tape is so useful for graphene production.

Building a nano-scale filter using DNA

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Inspired by biological filters, scientists at UCL, Imperial College London and Yale University have designed and built a nanometre-sized pore that helps us to better understand the complex way by which cells transport genetic material and viruses.

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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Portico cartoon

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).

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