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•	Delegates outside National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology, China (Credit: Professor Xiao Guo)

UCL visits Peking University and Chinese Academy of Sciences

In September, Professor Nikolaos Konstantinidis, Vice-Dean (International) for the UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences Faculty, headed a visit to China to meet some of the top academic institutions.
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UCL team one step closer to achieving quantum ground state

A team of scientists at UCL, led by Professor Peter Barker and Professor Tania Monteiro have taken another big step forward towards cooling a macroscopic object into the quantum regime. The team "levitated" silica particles of almost half a micrometre diameter in the light field of an optical cavity and succeeded in cooling them, using laser light by a factor of up to one hundred thousand, from room temperature. More...

A cell of the optical system, shipped recently from UCL to Fermilab

Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument enters construction phase

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) has recently received formal approval from the US Department of Energy to move forward to the construction phase. DESI is a 3-D sky mapping project and will measure spectra of 35 million galaxies to provide new clues about Dark Energy. Installation of the project is set to begin next year at the Mayall 4-meter telescope in Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona, with observations starting up in early-2019.

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New Scientist Air-of-Mystery

In this forbidden region, planes can't fly, balloons can't float, and satellites struggle to orbit. A swarm of tiny probes is about to reveal its secrets.
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The Mind of the Universe

This is an outreach programme developed under a Science in Society Fellowship granted to Dr Francisco Diego by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

It consists of a series of public/school lectures and teacher workshops/resource packs embracing topics like the origin and development of the Universe, the mystery behind the nature of the dark Universe, the formation of stars and planets, space exploration and the possibility of alien life.

Mind of the Universe Lecture by Francisco Diego
Francisco Diego delivers his Mind of the Universe lecture about Galileo, Darwin and life in the Universe to a packed audience on board the Queen Mary 2.

The Mind of the Universe programme has important links to educational organizations like the British Science Association, Institute of Physics, the Royal Institution, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Association for Science Education.

Over the last couple of years the project has received a positive response from the public, with audiences of over 15,000 and comments like the one below:

"Your talk was a great success across the age range, from Year 9 pupils all the way up to staff. The level of sophistication engaged a wide audience, from young pupils to whom it was all pretty new, through to Year 13 pupils who study the Expanding Universe as part of their A2 course. It provided the start of lively discussion with my top Year 9 set and questions about University Astrophysics courses from a couple of Year 12s - definitely a positive result. Can I finally say how impressed we were with your ability to communicate your passion for the topic, while at the same time making such a complex subject accessible - a rare skill indeed!"

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