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Bright sparks discovered via University's project with Birmingham Girls School

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The value of studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at 'A' Level has been shown to boost girls' potential earning power by as much as 33%. Encouraging girls to study these subjects at A level has been a long term focus of government policy since 2010.

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.

Physics and Astronomy receives top marks for student satisfaction

Physics and Astronomy receives top marks for student satisfaction
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Students who participated in the National Student Survey (NSS) have ranked Physics and Astronomy highly at the University of Birmingham with 96% student satisfaction.

Nuclear physicist highly commended at L'Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship Programme

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Dr Tzany Kokalova Wheldon from the School of Physics and Astronomy has been highly commended at the L'Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship programme.

Beauty and Strangeness in Particle Physics

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The focus of Cristina's current research – which she outlined in her recent Inaugural Lecture, 'Beauty and Strangeness in Particle Physics' – is the study of the behaviour of particles containing the beauty and strange quarks in the LHCb and NA62 experiments at CERN.

Merging binary black holes formed through chemically homogeneous evolution

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Like paparazzi, we try to capture the most intimate moments of the stellar world's rock stars as they burn brightly and die young – using gravitational waves to observe the black holes they leave behind and discover how they were formed.

When Black Holes Collide – TedxBrum 2016

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Professor Alberto Vecchio and Professor Andreas Freise from the Gravitational Wave Research Group took to the stage at TedxBrum 2016 to explain the discovery of gravitational waves.

Birmingham's role in gravitational wave detection celebrated in Thinktank exhibit

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Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum is hosting a new exhibit, celebrating the role of Birmingham scientists in detecting gravitational waves, the globally significant finding that will help us to understand and explore the mysteries of our universe.

Antimatter Matters – new exhibit at Royal Society Exhibition

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Professor Christina Lazzeroni and Dr Nigel Watson are leading a team from the Particle Physics Research Group to support the Antimatter Matters exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

Gravitational waves observed from another cosmic collision of a pair of black holes

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The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration identify a further gravitational wave event in the data from the Advanced LIGO detectors
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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.

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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