News and events
A UCL mathematics student has found that the falling 'curtain' of chocolate in a chocolate fountain surprisingly pulls inwards rather than going straight downwards because of surface tension.
Published: Nov 25, 2015 10:20:18 AM
Positrons are the antimatter counterpart to electrons with which they annihilate releasing gamma-rays. In addition to their importance in our fundamental understanding of nature, studies of their interactions with ordinary everyday matter allow us, for example, to investigate crystal structures and to obtain functional images of human organs using the medical scan technique of positron emission tomography (PET). In many collisions of positrons with matter, positronium (Ps) is formed.
Published: Nov 25, 2015 9:56:34 AM
Sadly, Professor Malcolm Chisholm FRS passed away last week. Malcolm had been ill for some time and succumbed to cancer on Friday at the age of 70. Malcolm was an inspirational inorganic chemist to all and collaborated extensively with people in the chemsitry department at UCL- especially Prof Robin Clark and Prof Ivan Parkin. He was part of the international advisory board for the UCL chemistry department and was to chair the next external assessment of the department.
Published: Nov 24, 2015 11:31:08 AM
Wednesday 9 December 2015
Published: Nov 24, 2015 9:53:41 AM
Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) explains how the solar wind has stripped Mars of its atmosphere, making it a lot less habitable than it once was. Read: The Conversation, More: Discover Magazine
Published: Nov 6, 2015 2:27:19 PM
The open day is a chance for prospective students for taught and research postgraduate degrees (MSc, MRes, PhD) to find out more about UCL's courses, as well as to meet potential tutors. It's also an opportunity to visit UCL's campus and see if this is the place for you.
Published: Nov 26, 2015 8:26:00 PM
Who wanted to know about the science of minerals, meteorites and fossils? Quite a lot of people – including Humphry Davy, William Wollaston, William Smith and Joseph Banks – at the turn of the eighteenth century. A key player in meeting their needs was James Sowerby (1757-1822) who had the skills and resources to discover, illuminate and inform as well as being the focus of a network of active natural historians. Sowerby is often overlooked as a major contributor but that is a mistake. He might have lacked the social status of many scientists but he produced a remarkable body of original work that is still applicable to the present day. The first full biography of Sowerby by Paul Henderson is now published, is well illustrated and gives a fascinating insight into the science of those times.
Published: Nov 26, 2015 1:26:00 PM
On Monday 23rd November, staff and students gathered to recognise outstanding people at MSSL in the annual MSSL awards. The awards, presented in memory of former colleagues, are a recognition of excellence in our science, engineering and outreach programmes.
Published: Nov 25, 2015 2:53:07 PM
In response to a recent article in Foreign Affairs that advocates American disengagement from the India-Pakistan conflict, Dr Afzal Siddiqui draws upon game theory to explain why such a move would only increase regional instability. Instead, American diplomatic involvement is necessary for reducing the range of strategic decisions that might be appealing to both participants in the conflict.
Published: Nov 25, 2015 2:53:27 PM
Last week saw the launch at an event at Greenwhich Observatory of 'Laboratorio', a collection of poems by MSSL staff and students, edited by award-winning poet Simon Barraclough. It was the culmination of a project funded by the STFC for Simon to spend a year as 'poet in residence' at MSSL.
Published: Nov 25, 2015 1:58:51 PM