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UCL graduates are among highest paid in Sunday Times university guide

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UCL has again made the top ten in the latest rankings of UK universities by The Times and The Sunday Times which also includes new figures showing that UCL’s graduates are among the highest paid six months after leaving.

UK pledges £65million to the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment

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The UK is investing £65million in a US-based global science project involving UCL scientists that could change our understanding of the universe.

Size matters in the detection of exoplanet atmospheres

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A group-analysis of 30 exoplanets orbiting distant stars suggests that size, not mass, is a key factor in whether a planet’s atmosphere can be detected according to a UCL-led team of European researchers.

UCL ranked in world's top five universities for arts and humanities

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UCL has been ranked fifth in the world for arts and humanities in the latest league table published by The Times Higher Education.

Hopes for deal on EU research rise as Provost mounts Brussels mission

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Hopes for continued close research links between the UK and the EU after Brexit have risen after a top EU commissioner declared that securing a deal on it is “a no brainer”.

UCL academics presenting at British Science Festival

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A number of UCL academics will be delivering presentations at the British Science Festival taking place in Brighton this week.

UCL Chemistry and the UCL Centre for Forensic Sciences presented with the PW Allen award

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Scientists from UCL Chemistry and UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences have been presented with the PW Allen award for their paper on the ‘Analysis of transferred fragrance and its forensic implications’.

Using glucose to fuel drug delivery to the brain

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A new drug delivery system that autonomously navigates the body using its own glucose molecules has been developed and tested by a UCL-led team of scientists.

Accurately measuring the dark universe

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The theory that dark matter and dark energy make up most of the cosmos has been confirmed by extremely accurate measurements from the Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaboration involving UCL scientists.

New clue to solving the mystery of the sun’s hot atmosphere

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The elemental composition of the Sun’s hot atmosphere known as the ‘corona’ is strongly linked to the 11-year solar magnetic activity cycle, a team of scientists from UCL, George Mason University and Naval Research Laboratory has revealed for the first time. 

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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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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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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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.

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