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Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
26.05.2017
Construction begins on the world’s first super telescope
Scientists are a step closer to understanding the inner-workings of the universe following the laying of the first stone, and construction starting on the world's largest optical and infrared telescope.
Computer Science/Telecom - Physics/Materials Science
24.05.2017
Multi-million pound supercomputer speeds up research at the University of Bristol
Multi-million pound supercomputer speeds up research at the University of Bristol
Research and teaching at the University of Bristol will now benefit from one of the fastest and most advanced supercomputing facilities in the UK, capable of up to 600 trillion calculations per second.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
11.05.2017
Scientists publish first comprehensive map of proteins within cells
Scientists publish first comprehensive map of proteins within cells
The first analysis of how proteins are arranged in a cell has been , revealing that a large portion of human proteins can be found in more than one location in a given cell.† We have created the most detailed map of how proteins are arranged in a cell Kathryn Lilley Using the Sweden-based Cell Atlas, researchers examined the spatial distribution of the human proteome (the entire complement of proteins that make up the human body) that correspond to the majority of protein-coding genes.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
11.05.2017
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Researchers have uncovered the exact mechanism that causes new solar cells to break down in air, paving the way for a solution. Solar cells harness energy from the Sun and provide an alternative to non-renewable energy sources like fossil fuels. However, they face challenges from costly manufacturing processes and poor efficiency - the amount of sunlight converted to useable energy.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
10.05.2017
Three Imperial researchers elected Fellows of the Royal Society
Three Imperial researchers elected Fellows of the Royal Society
Fellowship of the prestigious Royal Society has been granted to three scientists at Imperial College London this month.
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
08.05.2017
University welcomes £38m Compound Semiconductor deal
Nearly £38m is being invested in a new Foundry for Compound Semiconductor (CS) technologies by the ten councils in the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal.
Physics/Materials Science
28.04.2017
Racecar engineer makes world final
Racecar engineer makes world final
A technician apprentice from Imperial is heading to Kuala Lumpur in September for the World Finals of the F1 in Schools engineering competition.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
28.04.2017
Physicists allow people to explore cosmology with taste
Physicists allow people to explore cosmology with taste
Struggle with the Big Bang theory or dark matter? Now you can explore cosmic concepts with your mouth, thanks to physicists and gastronomic chefs.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
27.04.2017
Oxford reflects fondly on Cassini as the end draws near
A spacecraft that scientists from the University of Oxford played a key role in building, has come closer to the planet of Saturn than ever before.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
25.04.2017
Imperial part of £100 million Rosalind Franklin Institute
Imperial part of £100 million Rosalind Franklin Institute
Scientists from Imperial College London will be playing a major role in a new research institute funded by the UK Government.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
22.04.2017
The eyes have it for new camera system inspired by animal vision
Scientists have taken inspiration from how animals' eyes work to create a new way for computer-controlled cameras to ‘see'.
Physics/Materials Science - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
19.04.2017
Physics/Materials Science
18.04.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Administration/Government
13.04.2017
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
12.04.2017
Cutting-edge electronics research receives £1.75m boost from EPSRC
Cutting-edge electronics research in the UK has received a huge boost, thanks to grants for the University of Warwick – totalling almost £1.75 million – from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
11.04.2017
Research identifies brain cells that keep mice active
Researchers at King's College London and the Francis Crick Institute have discovered a type of brain cell that prevents mice from being overly immobile. The research provides insight into the brain circuits underlying what motivates us to be physically active. The cells, called GAD65 neurons, are located in the mouse equivalent of the human lateral hypothalamus.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
07.04.2017
Scientists to create galactic building blocks to study the space between stars
Scientists to create galactic building blocks to study the space between stars
Researchers are planning to synthesise a class of chemical compounds to determine whether they are an important building block for making galaxies. The team from Imperial College London has received seed funding from the Institute of Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) to forge ahead with a new project.
Physics/Materials Science - Computer Science/Telecom
07.04.2017
University welcomes world-leading experts in quantum technologies to Bristol
University welcomes world-leading experts in quantum technologies to Bristol
Quantum scientists and engineers from across the world have been in the city this week for the fourth annual Bristol Quantum Information Technologies Workshop (BQIT).
Physics/Materials Science
06.04.2017
Physics researchers recognised in national science photography contest
Physics researchers recognised in national science photography contest
Two researchers from the Department of Physics have come runners up in a national science photography competition, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) . Robert Francis-Jones and Tom Wright's image of a an optical fibre, title ‘DNA of an Optical Fibre' was runner-up in the Eureka and Discovery category.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
04.04.2017
Uncovering gold’s secrets
An international group of scientists led by researchers at Cardiff University has unlocked the secret of a gold-based catalyst that is used in the manufacturing of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the world's third-most widely used plastic. PVC has become an indispensable part of modern life. Its applications include construction pipes, credit cards, window and door frames, plumbing equipment, and electrical cable insulation.
Physics/Materials Science
03.04.2017
Miniature landscape of solar cells bags physicist top photo prize
Miniature landscape of solar cells bags physicist top photo prize
An Imperial physicist won second prize in the Innovation category of EPSRC's science photography competition for his image of a solar cell close up.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
03.04.2017
Opinion: Aliens, very strange universes and Brexit - Martin Rees
Opinion: Aliens, very strange universes and Brexit - Martin Rees
Martin Rees is Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics†at the University of Cambridge, the Astronomer Royal, a member of Britain's House of Lords, and a former President of the Royal Society.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
03.04.2017
Nanoscopic golden springs could unravel twisted molecules
Nanoscopic golden springs could unravel twisted molecules
University of Bath scientists have used gold spring-shaped coils 5,000 times thinner than human hairs and powerful lasers to enable the detection of twisted molecules, and the applications could improve pharmaceutical design, telecommunications and nanorobotics. Molecules, including many pharmaceuticals, twist in certain ways and can exist in left or right ‘handed' forms depending on how they twist.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
03.04.2017
Science photography prize for polymer particles resembling golf balls
They might look like golf balls but they are far from it. These tiny ‘golf ball' shaped mircoparticles – only 0.04mm across – could one day be used to repair damaged human tissue. High res and web images can be found here. This prize winning image shows a collection of biodigradable dimpled microparticles for enhanced cell growth.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
30.03.2017
Rotating molecules create a brighter future
Rotating molecules create a brighter future
Scientists have discovered a group of materials which could pave the way for a new generation of high-efficiency lighting, solving a quandary which has inhibited the performance of display technology for decades. The development of energy saving concepts in display and lighting applications is a major focus of research, since a fifth of the world's electricity is used for generating light.
Physics/Materials Science - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
29.03.2017
Composites advance at Bristol
Composites advance at Bristol
Composites are the materials of the future and are critical to reducing weight, energy consumption and the generation of CO2 in transport applications.
Physics/Materials Science
29.03.2017
Bristol physicist takes up senior role in CERN project
Bristol physicist takes up senior role in CERN project
A particle physicist from the University of Bristol has been appointed to a senior role at one of the largest and most prestigious scientific projects in the world.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
29.03.2017
Imperial instrument ready to study the Sun
Imperial instrument ready to study the Sun
Imperial's contribution to the Solar Orbiter mission, which will go closer to the Sun than anything so far, is ready to fly after extensive testing.
Physics/Materials Science
28.03.2017
New quantum device could make contactless payment transactions more secure
A prototype gadget that sends secret keys to encrypt information passed from a mobile device to a payment terminal, could help to answer public concerns around the security of contactless and wireless transactions, a new Oxford University collaboration has found.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
27.03.2017
US investor backs Cardiff University start-up
A device which protects power networks from disruption and damage has won extra funding for commercial development.
Physics/Materials Science - Computer Science/Telecom
27.03.2017
From pigeonholes to the arrow of time: quantum physicist wins prestigious prize
From pigeonholes to the arrow of time: quantum physicist wins prestigious prize
A professor of physics from the University of Bristol's new Quantum Information Institute has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Cozzarelli Prize for a paper published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
23.03.2017
Solar-powered skin opens new possibilities for prosthetics
A new way of harnessing the sun's rays to power ‘synthetic skin' could help to create advanced prosthetic limbs capable of returning the sense of touch to amputees. Engineers from the University of Glasgow, who have previously developed an ‘electronic skin' covering for prosthetic hands made from graphene, have found a way to use some of graphene's remarkable physical properties to use energy from the sun to power the skin.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
22.03.2017
Caught on camera - chemical reactions 'filmed' at the single-molecule level
Scientists have succeeded in ‘filming' inter-molecular chemical reactions – using the electron beam of a transmission electron microscope (TEM) as a stop-frame imaging tool. They have also discovered that the electron beam can be simultaneously tuned to stimulate specific chemical reactions by using it as a source of energy as well as an imaging tool.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
20.03.2017
Research institutes
Research institutes
The University of Bristol has today (Monday, 20 March) launched seven new research institutes reflecting the University's strength and depth in key specialisms.
Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
17.03.2017
Fund for European research partnerships awards first nine grants
Fund for European research partnerships awards first nine grants
The European Partners Fund, announced by the College in 2016, has begun its mission to foster collaborations with European colleagues.
Physics/Materials Science - Computer Science/Telecom
16.03.2017
How can a quantum machine learn another quantum system?
How can a quantum machine learn another quantum system?
Quantum computing will soon enter a revolutionary new age of quantum supremacy, in which quantum computers are expected to outperform the computational power of the classical ones, unlocking new applications and technologies such as designing new drugs and processing big data. Before such a grand goal is achieved, a question remains as to how we can calibrate existing quantum computers and how can we verify their computing outcomes?
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
16.03.2017
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
15.03.2017
Distant galaxies are dominated by gas and stars - where is the Dark Matter?
Distant galaxies are dominated by gas and stars - where is the Dark Matter?
New observations of galaxies forming 10 billion years ago show they are dominated by ‘normal' matter, with so-called ‘dark matter' present in much smaller quantities than expected. By mapping the orbital speed of gas around the centre of six galaxies University of Bath researchers, working with an international group of scientists led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics , found that the orbital speed drops with distance out from the centre - unexpected evidence that dark matter is only present in small quantities.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
14.03.2017
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce.
Physics/Materials Science - Administration/Government
13.03.2017
VC and College Heads urge UK guarantee of EU citizens’ rights
The pictures show Sir Michael Fallon inspecting a Pulsed Laser Deposition system in the Centre for Applied Superconductivity with Professor Susannah Speller from the Oxford University Materials Department.
Physics/Materials Science
10.03.2017
£2M physics award for quantum turbulence
£2M physics award for quantum turbulence
Lancaster and Manchester Universities have won a joint £2M award for physics research which may lead to “significant technological impact in the longer term.” The four year grant from the
Event - Physics/Materials Science
09.03.2017
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
08.03.2017
Iconic research centre confirms Durham's international position in space science
Iconic research centre confirms Durham’s international position in space science
Iconic research centre confirms Durham's international position in space science (8 March 2017) Durham University has reaffirmed its position as a world leading centre of research in astronomy and cosmology with the opening of the new £11.5m Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.
Physics/Materials Science - Mathematics
07.03.2017
Q&A with Ghanaian science luminary promoting maths in the developing world
Q&A with Ghanaian science luminary promoting maths in the developing world
Alumnus Professor Francis Allotey is working with Imperial to create a network of maths researchers in developing countries.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
07.03.2017
Universities plan boundary-pushing science festival
Universities plan boundary-pushing science festival
Universities plan boundary-pushing science festival The University of Sussex and the University of Brighton have put forward a boundary-pushing programme for the British Science Festival 2017 this September.
Physics/Materials Science
06.03.2017
How quantum mechanics is working to protect security online
How quantum mechanics is working to protect security online
Complex cryptography protects our bank accounts and identities from fraud, allowing us to safely buy and sell online without ever leaving the comfort of our living rooms.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
02.03.2017
David Cameron is chair of new LSE-Oxford commission
Oxford University scientists are to play a key role in a new, government-funded research facility, the Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI).
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
02.03.2017
NASA rover technology to map nuclear sites
NASA rover technology to map nuclear sites
Lancaster engineers are part of a team which will map some of the world's most radioactive sites using sensing technology mounted on an advanced robotic vehicle.
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