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Prof. Matthew Wing

Prof. Matthew Wing wins Humboldt Foundation prize

Prof. Matthew Wing has been commended with the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. Conferred by the Humboldt Foundation, this award recognises "[s]cientists and scholars, internationally renowned in their field, who completed their doctorates less than 18 years ago and who in future are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements which will have a seminal influence on their discipline beyond their immediate field of work, are eligible to be nominated for a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. More...

Dr Steve Fossy

Dr Steve Fossey- wins UCL Communication and Culture Award

Dr Steve Fossey has been awarded the UCL Communication and Culture Award for Media Communicator of the Year (news story). More...

Shock-absorbing 'goo' discovered in bone

Shock-absorbing 'goo' discovered in bone

New findings show that much of the mineral from which bone is made consists of ‘goo’ trapped between tiny crystals, lubricating and allowing movement. It is this flexibility that stops bones from shattering. More...

Calcium atoms (orange spheres) arranged between graphene planes (blue honeycomb) creates a superconductor CaC6. (Credit: Greg Stewart / SLAC)

A Potential Way to Make Graphene Superconducting

Scientists from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCL and the  London Centre for Nanotechnology have discovered a potential way to make graphene – a single layer of carbon atoms with great promise for future electronics – superconducting. The study, performed in collaboration with Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is published in Nature Communications. More...

Hiranya on Newsnight

UCL open letter to Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail

Professor David Price, Vice-Provost for Research at UCL, has written an open letter to Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, to raise concerns about an article commenting on the race and gender of UCL academics appearing on Newsnight. The contents of this letter are reproduced in full below. More...

Dr Hiranya Peiris

Dr Hiranya Peiris discusses 'Gravity waves seen for the first time. What does it prove?' on BBC Two Newsnight

Prof. David Walker

Professor David Walker wins IOP Optics and Photonics Prize

Professor David Walker has been awarded the Institute of Physics (IOP)
Optics and Photonics Prize for 2014. More...

The supernova in M 82

Supernova in Messier 82 discovered by UCL students

Students and staff at UCL’s teaching observatory, the University of London Observatory, have spotted one of the closest supernova to Earth in recent decades. At 19:20 GMT on 21 January, a team of students – Ben Cooke, Tom Wright, Matthew Wilde and Guy Pollack – assisted by Dr Steve Fossey, spotted the exploding star in nearby galaxy Messier 82 (the Cigar Galaxy). More...

Dr Benjamin Joachimi

Royal Astronomical Society honours Astrophysics staff

Five members of the Department have been commended by the Royal Astronomical Society in their 2014 awards: More...

New CDT in Delivering Quantum Technologies at UCL announced

New CDT in Delivering Quantum Technologies at UCL announced

Funding by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Delivering Quantum Technologies at UCL was announced on Thursday 9 January by the Minister for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon. David Willetts. More...

Clover leaf by Scott Robinson on Flickr

Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis

Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to the first unambiguous theoretical evidence of quantum effects in photosynthesis published today in the journal Nature Communications. More...

Alma

ALMA spots supernova dust factory 160,000 light years away

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Dr Hiranya Peiris

Physics Colloquium on Planck's view of the origin of cosmic structure

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Cosmic-microwave-radiation-background anisotropies observed by Planck. (Courtesy: ESA/Planck Collaboration)

Physics World Top 10 Breakthrough of the Year awarded to Planck space telescope

A Physics World Top 10 Breakthrough of the Year has been awarded to the scientists working on the European Space Agency’s Planck space telescope "To scientists working on the European Space Agency's Planck space telescope for making the most precise measurement ever of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation."  More...

Astronomers discover first noble gas molecule in space

Astronomers discover first noble gas molecule in space

Noble gas molecules have been detected in space for the first time in the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant, by astronomers at UCL More...

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Simulated production of a Higgs event in ATLAS.

State-of-the-art simulation of Higgs boson production achieved

The discovery of a new spin-zero particle in the search for the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider, has focused the CERN physics agenda on studying its properties. Researchers aim to establish whether the new particle conforms to the expected behaviour of the Standard Model Higgs boson, or if it is in fact something more subtle. More...

Artists-impression-N2N5-ionic-salt-structure

At high pressures, nitrogen abandons its familiar diatomic form to adopt a variety of weird structures. Many of these phases have been predicted and some observed experimentally. Now researchers have used computer algorithms to calculate nitrogen structures at pressures far beyond the reach of current experimental determinations. Most notably, they calculated that it could form an ionic salt in which both the cations and anions were nitrogen. More...

Physics Gala Dinner 2013

The inaugural Physics & Astronomy Gala Dinner took place on Friday 25th October 2013. The event was attended by 92 people and brought together alumni, undergraduate and postgraduate recipients of departmental awards, and members of staff. More...

Tracking stem cells in tissue-engineered organs using magnetic nanoparticles

Minireview: Tracking stem cells in tissue-engineered organs using magnetic nanoparticles

The use of human stem cells (SCs) in tissue engineering holds promise in revolutionising the treatment of numerous diseases. There is a pressing need to comprehend the distribution, movement and role of SCs once implanted onto scaffolds. Nanotechnology has provided a platform to investigate this through the development of inorganic magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs). MNPs can be used to label and track SCs by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) since this clinically available imaging modality has high spatial resolution. In this review, we highlight recent applications of iron oxide and gadolinium based MNPs in SC labelling and MRI; and offer novel considerations for their future development. More...

Peter Higgs

Peter Higgs & François Englert win Nobel Prize for Physics

Peter Higgs and François Englert have won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics, for their work in the 1960s that led to the concept of a mass-giving particle now known as the Higgs Boson.  More...

Cover of Science Crazy. Copyright QED Publishing

Raman Prinja commended for children's science book

Prof Raman Prinja has been awarded the School Library Association Information Book Award (age 7-12 category). His book, Science Crazy, co-authored with Steve Parker, explores science, with facts and activities covering physics, chemistry, astronomy and biology. The award was decided by a public vote of children around the country.
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Composite Dark Energy Camera image of one of the sky regions that the collaboration will use to study supernovae.

UK scientists begin 5 year quest to solve cosmic detective puzzle

A five year quest is underway to solve the cosmic detective puzzle of why the expansion of the universe is speeding up. More...

Prof. Jon Butterworth

"There's life in the old Higgs yet"

Prof. Jon Butterworth discusse the Higgs Boson in NewScientist: why we needed it, how we found it, what it means and what we do now.
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Dr Chamkaur Ghag

Listen: Scientists aim to lift the veil on so called dark matter and energy





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