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Prof. Matthew Wing wins Humboldt Foundation prize

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Prof. Matthew Wing

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.

Dr Steve Fossey- wins UCL Communication and Culture Award

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Dr Steve Fossy

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

Shock-absorbing 'goo' discovered in bone

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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.

A Potential Way to Make Graphene Superconducting

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

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.

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

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Hiranya on Newsnight

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.

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

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Professor David Walker wins IOP Optics and Photonics Prize

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Prof. David Walker

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

Supernova in Messier 82 discovered by UCL students

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The supernova in M 82

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).

Royal Astronomical Society honours Astrophysics staff

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Dr Benjamin Joachimi

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

New CDT in Delivering Quantum Technologies at UCL announced

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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.

Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis

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Clover leaf by Scott Robinson on Flickr

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.

ALMA spots supernova dust factory 160,000 light years away

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UK scientists have used the ALMA telescope to help capture the remains of a recent supernova - or exploding star – that is brimming with freshly formed dust 160,000 light years from Earth.

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

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Dr Hiranya Peiris

Dr Hiranya Peiris

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

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

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." 

Astronomers discover first noble gas molecule in space

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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

Westminster meets The Large Hadron Collider

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The UCL stall

'Collider' is a major new immersive exhibition at the Science Museum, which blends theatre, video and sound art to recreate a visit to CERN and explore the LHC. On Monday 11 November 2013, the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology hosted a special event for Lords and MPs, with guest of honour Professor Peter Higgs, to celebrate the opening of this ground-breaking exhibition.

UCL members of staff, Prof. Jon Butterworth and Dr Gavin Hesketh, as well as PhD students from the High Energy Physics Group (HEP) were on hand to discuss the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), their exhibition stall included electronics designed at UCL for the LHC, which ensures the ATLAS detector stays synchronised with the proton-proton collisions in the LHC happening every 50ns.

The UCL stall

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

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Simulated production of a Higgs event in ATLAS.

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

NNLOPS simulation of Higgs boson production

Keith Hamilton, Paolo Nason, Emanuele Re, Giulia Zanderighi

Journal of High Energy Physics, 222 (3013)

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Artists-impression-N2N5-ionic-salt-structure

Pressure to form exotic ionic salts irresistible for nitrogen

Taken from Chemistry World

Physics Gala Dinner 2013

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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.

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

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Tracking stem cells in tissue-engineered organs using magnetic nanoparticles

Roxanne Hachani,  Mark Lowdell, Martin Birchall,  Nguyễn Thi Kim Thanh 

Nanoscale, 2013, Advance Article

Peter Higgs & François Englert win Nobel Prize for Physics

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Peter Higgs

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. 

Raman Prinja commended for children's science book

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Cover of Science Crazy. Copyright QED Publishing

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.

UK scientists begin 5 year quest to solve cosmic detective puzzle

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Composite Dark Energy Camera image of one of the sky regions that the collaboration will use to study supernovae.

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

"There's life in the old Higgs yet"

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Prof. Jon Butterworth

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.

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

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Dr Chamkaur Ghag





Dr Chamkaur Ghag Prof. Ofer Lahav

 Dr Chamkaur Ghag & Prof Ofer Lahav (UCL Physics and Astronomy) discuss the concept that Physics can only account for 5% of the 'stuff' that makes up the universe.

Listen: BBC Radio 4 - Today - (from 84 mins, 10 secs)


Dr Chamkaur Ghag

Prof Ofer Lahav

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