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Thursday 6th October 2016

The dawn of gravitational wave astronomy

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The first detection of gravitational waves announced earlier this year by the LIGO-Virgo Team has quickly been honoured with many of the most prestigious prizes in physics and science and is widely regarded as one of the scientific breakthroughs of the decade.
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Thursday 6th October 2016
Thursday 1st September 2016

Strengthening particles in superalloys – how the small can have a big influence

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Who doesn't like a good holiday? Going abroad and discovering the world is an established part of today's jet-setting culture, is for many of us part of modern life. And as jet setters, getting to our holiday destination is not supposed to take up much of our well-earned holiday time.
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Thursday 1st September 2016
Wednesday 17th August 2016

Cosmic giants on cosmic scales: how to measure the Universe

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Our planets orbit the Sun, and our solar system (as well as many others) orbit the centre of our galaxy, also known as the 'Milky Way'. But did you know that galaxies also orbit around each other? We call these systems galaxy groups and galaxy clusters, and they form some of the largest structures in the observable Universe.
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Wednesday 17th August 2016
Thursday 4th August 2016

Small particles: big implications for our health and the environment

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The governance of small particles has remained firmly in the headlines recently. UK cities continue to exceed EU air pollution limits (including airborne particle standards), due to emissions from vehicles. Reports continue to emerge of substantial health consequences for Europe and globally; air pollution exposure is rated the eighth most common cause of death in the world by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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Thursday 4th August 2016
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