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An ultimate speed limit for cooling

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.
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Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars

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. More...

Disc of rocky debris

First evidence of rocky planet formation in Tatooine system

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.Published on the 27th Feb 2017 in Nature Astronomy and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council and the European Research Council, the study reports on the remains of shattered asteroids orbiting a double sun consisting of a white dwarf and a brown dwarf roughly 1000 light-years away in a system called SDSS 1557. More...

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UCL secures STFC funding to teach next generation of data-science experts

After a very competitive selection process, UCL has been chosen by STFC to host the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Intensive Science (DIS) and Technologies, the first CDT funded by STFC.
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Two UCL astrophysicists win Royal Astronomical Society awards

9 March 2016

RAS Awards

Two UCL astrophysicists, Dr Andrew Pontzen and the late Professor Bruce Swinyard (UCL Physics & Astronomy), have been recognised in this year’s Royal Astronomical Society awards. The announcements were made at the Ordinary Meeting of the society held on Friday 8 January 2016. The awards will be made formally at the Society's 2016 National Astronomy Meeting in June.

Dr Andrew Pontzen has been awarded the Fowler Award for Early Achievement in Astronomy, which recognises individuals who have made a particularly noteworthy contribution to the science at an early stage of their research career.

Dr Pontzen, who is a lecturer and Royal Society University Research Fellow in UCL Physics & Astronomy, works on a range of topics in galaxy formation, computational cosmology, and early-Universe physics.

Professor Bruce Swinyard, who sadly passed away in May 2015, has been posthumously recognised with the Jackson-Gwilt Medal for the invention, improvement, or development of astronomical instrumentation or techniques.

Professor Swinyard played an exceptional role in the successful development of a series of state-of-the-art scientific instruments for important space missions, including, as Project Scientist, the technical development of the SPIRE imager and spectrometer for ESA's Herschel Space Observatory and led the conceptual design and modelling of the integrated payloads for the proposed EChO, Ariel and Twinkle exoplanetary transit spectroscopy missions.

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