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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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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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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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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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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.

Exploring the physics of chocolate fountains

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Mathematics student Adam Townsend

A UCL mathematics student has found that the falling 'curtain' of chocolate in a chocolate fountain surprisingly pulls inwards rather than going straight downwards because of surface tension.

First direct sightings of low-energy positronium collisions

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Positrons are the antimatter counterpart to electrons with which they annihilate releasing gamma-rays. In addition to their importance in our fundamental understanding of nature, studies of their interactions with ordinary everyday matter allow us, for example, to investigate crystal structures and to obtain functional images of human organs using the medical scan technique of positron emission tomography (PET). In many collisions of positrons with matter, positronium (Ps) is formed.

Malcolm Chisholm FRS

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Malcolm Chisholm

Sadly, Professor Malcolm Chisholm FRS passed away last week. Malcolm had been ill for some time and succumbed to cancer on Friday at the age of 70. Malcolm was an inspirational inorganic chemist to all and collaborated extensively with people in the chemistry department at UCL- especially Prof Robin Clark and Prof Ivan Parkin. He was part of the international advisory board for the UCL chemistry department and was to chair the next external assessment of the department.

Keep the Candle Burning

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Michael Faraday

A re-enactment of Michael Faraday's Christmas Lectures


Wednesday 9 December 2015

How did Mars lose its habitable climate? The answer is blowing in the solar wind

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Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) explains how the solar wind has stripped Mars of its atmosphere, making it a lot less habitable than it once was. Read: The ConversationMore: Discover Magazine

UCL Colloquium 17 February 2016

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Paul Nurse FRS, Director of Crick Institute

“Science as Revolution”

Launch of the Rosalind Franklin Appathon for Women in STEMM

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We’re excited to share the news with you that UCL has launched the Rosalind Franklin Appathon- a national app competition to empower and recognise women as leaders in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine).

Evolutionary clues reveal the structure and dynamics of proteins

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New research reveals that both the structure and dynamics of proteins can be determined from a combination of chemical and evolutionary data about them. This remarkable discovery shows that despite being extremely complex molecules, the key features and behaviours of proteins can be determined by a relatively small number of variables.

€4 million funding awarded to medical accelerators network

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Cancer is a major health problem and it is the main cause of death between the ages of 45–65. Although significant progress has been made in the use of particle beams for cancer treatment, extensive research is still needed to maximise healthcare benefits. Improving ion beam therapy for enhanced cancer treatment is the goal of a new European research and training network that will focus on the Optimisation of Medical Accelerators (OMA).

Astronomers find hottest and most massive touching double star

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Binary stars

A team of astronomers including UCL's Ian Howarth have found the hottest and most massive double star with components so close that they touch each other.

Forthcoming event: Big Data in the Physical Sciences

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Alan Turing Institute Data Science Exploiter Summit - 13 January 2016, 8.30am-5pm

Location: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London

Surfing water molecules could hold the key to fast and controllable water transport

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Water droplet on graphene

Scientists at UCL have identified a new and potentially faster way of moving molecules across the surfaces of certain materials.

UCL Staff Engagement Survey 2015

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UCL is launching the 2015 Staff Engagement Survey on 9 November. Participating in the staff survey helps the Senior Management Team (SMT) to understand your experience of work and the working environment and how this impacts on achieving UCL’s goals.

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