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Student observations of Comet Ison herald a new era at Wast Hills Observatory

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University of Birmingham undergraduates have made history by capturing an early glimpse of the eagerly anticipated Comet Ison during the last ever observation at the University's Wast Hills Observatory before a major upgrade project begins.

Research news: Dr Nikolopoulos grant award

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The title of the project is "Study of the ElectroWeak Symmetry Breaking and the Higgs Sector with the ATLAS detector at the LHC" and corresponds to (€100,000) £78,125 for four years.

Senior particle physicist from Birmingham takes on lead role at the ATLAS experiment

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Dave Charlton, Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Birmingham's School of Physics and Astronomy, takes up the position of Spokesperson, the overall scientific lead, for the ATLAS project at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN, on 1 March 2013.

Research news - Professor Bongs research grant

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Research news, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham

Small sun hosts mini planet in distant solar system

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Scientists have detected a rocky planet that is smaller than Mercury, the smallest planet in our solar system, orbiting a solar-type star 80% of the size and mass of the Sun, according to research published in the journal Nature (Wednesday 20 February 2013). The exact dimensions of the star, and the absolute size of the planet, were determined by asteroseismologists led by the University of Birmingham.

Small sun hosts mini planet in distant solar system

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Scientists have detected a rocky planet that is smaller than Mercury, the smallest planet in our solar system, orbiting a solar-type star 80% of the size and mass of the Sun, according to research published in the journal Nature today (Wednesday 20 February 2013). The exact dimensions of the star, and the absolute size of the planet, were determined by asteroseismologists led by the University of Birmingham.

UK-India project set to enhance talent in atomic physics research

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A new partnership between Indian and UK scientists to develop talent and innovation in a progressive branch of atomic physics is now underway.

Pulsing with history - new developments in asteroseismology

Pulsing with history - new developments in asteroseismology
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Understanding the history of our galaxy depends on having precise measurements of the properties of its stars. This has only been possible for stars that are within around 300 light-years from Earth. However, the University of Birmingham's Andrea Miglio and colleagues have used advances in asteroseismology — the study of the interior structure of stars through the analysis of their pulsations — to show that this limitation can now be overcome.
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