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Echoes of the Big Bang

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Professor Alberto Vecchio discusses world-leading research into gravitational wave theory.

Sounding the stars at Thinktank

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Members of the HiROS research group took part in the "Meet the Scientist" outreach event at the Birmingham Thinktank Museum. The group presented a variety of activities related to sound and resonance, results on "sounding stars" with asteroseismology, and a "create your own exoplanet lightcurve" activity, all of which proved popular with children and their parents.

For decades a distant dream, the countdown to nuclear fusion may have finally begun

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Dr Paul Norman writes for The Conversation.

BBC Midlands Today at our Observatory

BBC Midlands Today at our Observatory
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The School of Physics and Astronomy observatory featured on BBC Midlands today as a prelude to BBC Two's Stargazing Live programme.

Four University of Birmingham staff recognised in New Year's Honours

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Pro-Chancellor and chair of the University of Birmingham and former chair of the Student Loans Company, Ed Smith, has been awarded a CBE for services to higher education in the New Year's Honours.

Quantum technology: iSensing the underworld

Quantum technology: iSensing the underworld
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While understanding the rules of the abstract part of physics called'quantum mechanics' occupied the 20th century, harnessing its power for applications will be a dominant theme of the 21st century. Making the earth beneath our feet transparent is the latest example of utilising the strange properties of the microscopic quantum world to provide such a 'Quantum Technology'.

The University of Birmingham opens its new telescope to the public

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A new era of astronomy starts at the University of Birmingham this month, when students and researchers start to observe the night sky with a new state-of-the-art telescope located at the University's observatory on the outskirts of the city.

New art installation featuring the 'sound of the stars' unveiled at Thinktank

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Did you know that the Sun is playing its own stellar symphony, just like a musical instrument? Scientists at the University of Birmingham who study the 'music of the stars' have worked with sound artist Caroline Devine to create an art-science installation that goes live this week at Thinktank Birmingham science museum.
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