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LUX dark matter detector

Detecting dark matter

The kind of matter and energy we can see and touch – whether it is in the form of atoms and molecules, or heat and light, only forms a tiny proportion of the content of the Universe, only about 5%. Over a quarter is dark matter, which is totally invisible but whose gravitational attraction can be detected; while over two thirds is dark energy, a force that pushes the Universe to expand ever faster.

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UCL maintains 4th place in QS World University Rankings

9 September 2010

UCL has maintained fourth place – its highest ever position – in the annual QS World University Rankings, published today.

The university is second among UK universities, placing it second behind the University of Cambridge, and ahead of the University of Oxford and Imperial College London.

Welcoming the news, Professor Malcolm Grant, UCL President and Provost, said: “We do not, of course, claim that the methodology is rigorous, but this result nonetheless captures very accurately the enormous strength of this great institution.” 

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