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Has Cassini found a universal driver for prebiotic chemistry at Titan?

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An important type of molecule that helps produce complex organic material has been detected within Titan’s hazy upper atmosphere by a UCL-led team as part of the international Cassini-Huygens mission.

Glowing nanosheets created by UCL-led team

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Hexagonal carbon nitride nanosheets gently dissolve into solution over time (left), producing luminescent, defect free 2d-nanosheets (right).

A team of researchers led by UCL Chemistry  and UCL Physics & Astronomy have shown that two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials, which can be used to create LEDs (light emitting diodes) or solar cells, can be made by the simple, but unconventional, method of dissolution.

MAPS Faculty Teaching Awards 2017

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Each year the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Faculty recognises excellence in teaching by staff and teaching assistants at all levels within the faculty through the Faculty Teaching Awards.

Fear of crime is contagious, even in low crime communities

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Fear of crime is contagious, even in low crime communities

Fear of crime is perpetuated by the opinion of others, and often doesn’t correlate to the actual likelihood of experiencing crime, according to new UCL research.

Hands off approach to looking into silicon chips

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The possibility of looking inside silicon chips to see their tiny working parts, without damaging the chips, is a step closer thanks to an international team led by scientists at UCL.

UCL community recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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Professor Alimuddin Zumla (centre) with the Zambia research staff

A number of people from the UCL community have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. 

UCL’s first satellite ‘UCLSat’ launched

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UCLSat, a satellite designed and built by UCL engineers and scientists, has been launched today from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India as part of an international mission called QB50.

UCL Physics Hackathon

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UCL Physics Hackathon

The Hackathon is an annual event organised by UCL Physics and Astronomy. This year’s event was held during the 5-6 June and pitted the skills of nearly 40 PhD students from the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics.

UK Gaia Teams win two Sir Arthur Clarke Awards

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UK Gaia Science Team, including six members from the UCL Mullard Science Space Laboratory, have won an Arthur Clarke Award.

Magnetic helicity: key to unlocking the solar flare prediction problem?

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Legend: Artistic view of a solar eruption and of the embedded twisted magnetic field structure that carries away the ejected material.

Dr. Gherardo Valori (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) recently developed a new method to measure magnetic helicity that is now applied to the testing of new diagnostic tools for the forecast of solar eruptions.

How RNA formed at the origins of life

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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