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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

PhD student Mat Schofield wins University Three Minute Thesis competition

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Congratulations to PhD student Mat Schofield, who has won the University Graduate School "Three Minute Thesis" research presentation competition.

LISA Pathfinder exceeds expectations

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The European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder mission has successfully demonstrated the technology needed to build a space-based gravitational wave observatory, with sophisticated electronics from University of Birmingham at the heart of the instrument.

Asteroseismologists listen to the relics of the Milky Way: sounds from the oldest stars in our Galaxy

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Astrophysicists from the University of Birmingham have captured the sounds of some of the oldest stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, according to research published in the Royal Astronomical Society journal Monthly Notices.

Birmingham's Physics and Astronomy ranked second in the UK

Birmingham's Physics and Astronomy ranked second in the UK
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The Guardian University Guide 2017 reveals that Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham has risen two places to second in the UK. The courses have also been recognised as first in the Russell Group rising one place since last year's league table.

Complete University Guide 2017

Complete University Guide 2017
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The Complete University Guide 2017 league table reveals that Engineering and Physical Sciences subjects at Birmingham continue to perform well with four subjects ranking in the top ten nationally in their category.

Special Breakthrough Prize awarded for detection of gravitational waves

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The Selection Committee of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics has announced a special prize recognising scientists and engineers involved in the transformational detection of gravitational waves.

Rotation of low-mass stars stops slowing down as they get older

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Dr Guy Davies has discovered in his latest paper that the rotation of low-mass stars stops slowing down as they get older.

Drone technology used for radiation detection

Drone technology used for radiation detection
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Drone technologies and their importance as platforms for testing new flight-ready sensor concepts have been growing. Such practice is beneficial for aerial surveys, supporting defence and heritage projects in the development of detailed 3D models from aerial video.

Hot super-Earths stripped by host stars: 'cooked' planets shrink due to radiation

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Astrophysicists at the University of Birmingham have used data from the NASA Kepler space telescope to discover a class of extrasolar planets whose atmospheres have been stripped away by their host stars, according to research published in the journal Nature Communications today (11 April 2016).
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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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