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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 chemsitry 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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Sir Paul Nurse

Paul Nurse FRS, Director of Crick Institute

“Science as Revolution”

Launch of the Rosalind Franklin Appathon for Women in STEMM

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Phone Images

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

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.

New director for the London Centre for Nanotechnology

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We are pleased to announce that Professor Andrew Fisher has been appointed as UCL's co-director at the London Centre for Nanotechnology.

UK astronomers reach deep into space and time

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A three-dimensional map of the Universe, reaching deeper in space and time than any yet made, is to be produced by an international team of 200 scientists, including leading astronomers from the UK.

Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure launches new era of planetary collaboration in Europe

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Mars (credit: NASA, ESA)

A €9.95 million project to integrate and support planetary science activities across Europe has been launched.

Mathematics students to turn time backwards...

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Spark festival

Anna Lambert and Oliver Southwick - both PhD students in UCL Mathematics - will be taking fluid dynamics to the Spark Festival this bank holiday weekend (30-31 August).

Graduation 2015

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Nick Brook

The 2015 cohort of students from the faculty graduated this week.

Nanotechnology to leverage infections and antibiotic sensing

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Miniaturized tests can revolutionize the speed of diagnosing diseases, according to new research from UCL.

The study, published in Nature Nanotechnology and led by Joseph Ndieyira (London Centre for Nanotechnology at UCL) refines a promising experimental technology for diagnostic devices. The team, which includes several LCN researchers, developed ultrasensitive sensors that can assess antibiotic efficacy, haemophilia and HIV infections within minutes. The sensors take the form of tiny cantilevers, less than the width of a human hair, coated with molecules similar to those found in bacterial cell walls, mini-antibodies raised against HIV proteins and anti-clotting antibodies.

Astronomers discover the most distant galaxy in the Universe

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An international team of astrophysicists has successfully measured the most distant galaxy ever recorded, by observing its characteristic hydrogen signature in the early Universe.

Jon Butterworth shortlisted for popular science book prize

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Smashing Physics

Prof Jon Butterworth, head of UCL Physics & Astronomy, has been shortlisted for this year's Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.

In memoriam: Bruce Swinyard

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Bruce Swinyard

Today at 12pm, UCL lowered its flag in memory of Prof Bruce Swinyard (UCL Physics & Astronomy), who died after a long illness in May.

Cool summer of 2013 boosted Arctic sea ice

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Arctic ice pack

The volume of Arctic sea ice increased by a third after the summer of 2013 as the unusually cool air temperatures prevented the ice from melting, according to UCL and University of Leeds scientists. This suggests that the ice pack in the Northern hemisphere is more sensitive to changes in summer melting than it is to winter cooling, a finding which will help researchers to predict future changes in its volume.

Revealed: positronium’s behaviour in particle billiards

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Positronium beam

Collision physics can be like a game of billiards. Yet in the microscopic world, the outcome of the game is hard to predict.

A new blueprint for quantum computing with photons

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Collage of photos

Quantum computers promise a step change in computational power for some important problems, such as the simulation of the properties of solid materials and chemical reactions.

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