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Black holes: scientists 'excited' by observations suggesting formation scenarios

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Physicists have described how observations of gravitational waves limit the possible explanations for the formation of black holes outside of our galaxy.

Physics and Astronomy at Birmingham 2017 NSS results

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The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham 2017 National Student Survey results.

´╗┐Malala enlists the help of female physicists from around the globe to help spread message of 'education for all'

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Last week, United Nations Messenger for Peace, Malala Yousafzai, visited the University of Birmingham to enlist the help of female physicists from around the globe to spread her message of 'education for all'.

University of Birmingham welcomes Business and Energy Secretary to spark battery challenge

University of Birmingham welcomes Business and Energy Secretary to spark battery challenge
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The University of Birmingham welcomed Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark for a keynote speech on the Government's Industrial Strategy.

Latest gravitational wave detection helps scientists reveal the history of the stars

Latest gravitational wave detection helps scientists reveal the history of the stars
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Writing in the journal Nature, Ilya Mandel, University of Birmingham Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics, has explained how the latest gravitational wave detected in January of this year could allow scientists to study the stars in the same that palaeontologists use fossilised remains to understand the history of life on Earth.

Nobel Prize winners receive honorary degrees from the University of Birmingham

Nobel Prize winners receive honorary degrees from the University of Birmingham
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Two Nobel Prize-winning physicists have received honorary degrees from the University of Birmingham.

CERN experiment discovers a new, very charming particle

CERN experiment discovers a new, very charming particle
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Five years on from discovering the Higgs boson, an international team, including scientists from the University of Birmingham, has discovered a brand new heavy particle at the LHCb experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Musical Sun reduces range of magnetic activity

Musical Sun reduces range of magnetic activity
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A study of the Sun led by the University of Birmingham using sound waves suggests that the layer in which the significant magnetic activity is located has grown thinner in recent years.
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Events

Quantum vortex matter: insights from computer algebra - Nicola Wilkin's Inaugural Lecture

Date
18/10/2017
Description
Professor Nicola Wilkin's inaugural lecture will focus on key physical systems, one is from a superconductor (a solid material) where the cortices therein are generated by an applied magnetic field and the other vortices in ultra-cold gases where the vortices are a response to rotation that is induced by lasers. Professor will also cover the key findings that were established using computer algebra, discussing how this intermediate tool between pencil and paper and full scale simulation can be exploited.

Simon Singh - From Theorems to Serums, From Cryptology to Cosmology ... and The Simpsons

Date
07/12/2017
Description
Simon Singh, one of the world's most popular science and maths writers, takes us on a whistle-stop tour through the bestselling books that he has written over the last two decades. Join us for this EPS Christmas Lecture and enjoy some festive cheer.

EPS Distinguished Lecture: Professor David Phillips

Date
06/03/2018
Description
Professor David Phillips, Past-President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, shares his personal journey from raw Birmingham undergraduate in 1958 through a successful academic career, to the present state of supposed retirement. He will give a flavour of his research in ultrafast reactions and photodynamic therapy of cancer and possibly even a few demonstrations while recounting tales of his student days, successes and set-backs.

EPS Societies' Awards 2018

Date
06/06/2018
Description
Returning for their fifth year, the EPS Societies' Awards are the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences' annual celebration of our 25 student groups.
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