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Mars’ surface revealed in unprecedented detail

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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.

MAPS Research Festival BIG DATA

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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. 

UCL scientists nominated as names for polar research ship

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NERC 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.

Nature Materials Publishes Profile on the Thomas Young Centre and Materials Modelling

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Ben Slater Angelo Highlight

Nature Materials have published an extensive profile on materials modelling and the Thomas Young Centre (TYC) following the recent Frontiers of Materials Modelling Symposium, held to mark the 10th anniversary of the TYC.

Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s ‘Northern Lights’

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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.

UCL researchers take their research to parliament

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Thomas Rogers

Thomas Rogers (UCL Security & Crime Science) has been awarded the Silver medal in engineering for his research poster presented at this year’s SET for Britain competition.

Understanding the dynamics of crowd behaviour

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flocking birds

Crowds of tiny particles disperse as their environment becomes more disordered, according to scientists from UCL, Bilkent University and Université Pierre et Marie Curie.

UCL awarded £25m for quantum technologies research and doctoral training

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UCL has been awarded £25m by the UK Government to support new doctoral training partnerships in science and engineering, and to fund research and training programmes in quantum technologies.

First detection of gases in super-Earth atmosphere

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55 Cancri e

The first successful detection of gases in the atmosphere of a super-Earth reveals the presence of hydrogen and helium, but no water vapour, according to UCL researchers.

Saturn and Enceladus produce the same amount of plasma

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The first evidence that Saturn’s upper atmosphere may, when buffeted by the solar wind, emit the same total amount of mass per second into its magnetosphere as its moon, Enceladus, has been found by UCL scientists working on the Cassini mission.

Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell Women in STEM - at home and abroad

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JBB Poster
When Thursday March 10th at 6pm
Where Darwin B40 Lecture Theatre
This is a free event

MAPS Faculty PG Prizewinners announced

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Niko Laaksonen, winner of the 2015 Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize

Many congratulations to Niko Laaksonen, winner of the 2015 Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize, and to Alexander Guest, winner of the 2015 Faculty Postgraduate Taught Prize.

Film inspired by research at London Centre for Nanotechnology

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Research at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) has inspired a new SciFi film, the Demiurge, on the origina and destiny of DNA.

Christina Pagel wins prestigious Harkness Fellowship

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Dr Christina Pagel, Reader in UCL’s Clinical Operational Research Unit (CORU) and the UCL Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR), has been awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice by the Commonwealth Fund. Considered one of the most prestigious in health policy, up to sixteen Harkness Fellowships are awarded each year, of which four are to candidates from the U.K. In the U.K., the Harkness Fellowships are co-sponsored by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and The Health Foundation.

Four UCL Staff Awarded European Research Council Consolidator Awards

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Prof Sofia Olhede, Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann, Prof Jochen Blumberger and Dr Stephen Hogan were all awarded ERC Consolidator Awards:

Converting a breast-milk Protein into an artificial Virus

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Scientists from the London Centre for Nanotechnology have converted a breast-milk protein into an artificial virus that kills bacteria by creating bullet holes in the membrane that surrounds and protects the bacteria 

Excellence Award Winners MAPS 2016

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Andrea Sella in Lab

Professor Andrea Sella, Chemistry (Environmental Sustainability) Professor Sella has campaigned to reduce water consumption in his building. Working with colleagues and implementing innovative methods resulted in a reduction in consumption circa 60-75%, which had clear environmental and financial benefits. We were delighted that this scientific approach had been integrated into student learning.

Two UCL astrophysicists win Royal Astronomical Society awards

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Two UCL Astrophysicists

Two UCL astrophysicists, Dr Andrew Pontzen and the late Professor Bruce Swinyard (UCL Physics & Astronomy), have been recognised in this year’s Royal Astronomical Society awards. The announcements were made at the Ordinary Meeting of the society held on Friday 8 January 2016. The awards will be made formally at the Society's 2016 National Astronomy Meeting in June.

Nature inspired self-cleaning windows developed

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UCL researchers have developed a revolutionary new type of ‘smart’ window which could cut window-cleaning costs in tall buildings while reducing heating bills and boosting worker productivity.

DNA ‘building blocks’ pave the way for improved drug delivery

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DNA has been used as a ‘molecular building block’ to construct synthetic bio-inspired pores which will improve the way drugs are delivered and help advance the field of synthetic biology, according to scientists from UCL and Nanion Technologies.

Life exploded on Earth after slow rise of oxygen

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snowball earth

It took 100 million years for oxygen levels in the oceans and atmosphere to increase to the level that allowed the explosion of animal life on Earth about 600 million years ago, according to a UCL-led study funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.

Viscosity jump in Earth’s mid-mantle

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A new examination of the Earth’s shape (non-hydrostatic geoid) with modern statistical techniques has revealed that the viscosity of Earth’s mantle increases by a factor of 10-100 but at depths far greater than previously thought. The jump occurs at around 1000 km, far deeper than expected based on the structure of Earth’s minerals. The new finding explains the stagnation of slabs and deflection of plumes seen in recent 3-D imaging of Earth’s mantle by seismic waves.

Research Images as Art/Art images as Research: 2015/16 winners announced

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Red poppies in the mouse brain

A diverse and fascinating series of images were unveiled as the winners of the Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research competition for 2015/16, run by the UCL Doctoral School.

Detecting and identifying explosives with single test

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Sniffer dog

A new test for detecting multiple explosives simultaneously has been developed by UCL scientists. The proof-of-concept sensor is designed to quickly identify and quantify five commonly used explosives in solution to help track toxic contamination in waste water and improve the safety of public spaces.

UCL’s ExoMars PanCam kit one step closer to Mars

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mars rover

The UCL-made ‘structural-thermal model’ of the ExoMars PanCam instrument for the joint ESA-Roscosmos (Russian space agency) 2018 rover mission leaves UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) today for Airbus UK in Stevenage. This is the first of several steps on the way to Mars - in 2016, UCL will deliver engineering- and flight models. The flight model will be the actual instrument which travels to Mars where it will identify promising targets for the mission.

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