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NASA's Kepler Mission's first exoplanet candidate confirmed, ten years after launch

NASA's Kepler Mission's first exoplanet candidate confirmed, ten years after launch
Description
It was the first potential exoplanet identified by NASA's Kepler Mission ten years ago, and today astronomers including University of Birmingham researchers have confirmed it is a genuine exoplanet

Is there a future for nuclear energy in the UK?

Description
The existing UK energy "strategy" appears to have suffered a terminal blow with the disappearance of two major new build projects.

Funding to improve global gravitational wave network

Funding to improve global gravitational wave network
Description
A global network of gravitational wave observatories will be upgraded to almost double its sensitivity, the lead science funding agencies of the United Kingdom and United States announced today.

EPSRC funds new Centre for Doctoral Training in Topological Design at Birmingham to transform performance of materials

Description
Yesterday (4 February), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announced it would be funding a new multimillion pound centre in Topological Design.

University of Birmingham and Soochow University sign a 2+2 physics undergraduate articulation programme

University of Birmingham and Soochow University sign a 2+2 physics undergraduate articulation programme
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University of Birmingham and Soochow University sign a 2+2 physics undergraduate articulation programme

Birmingham Professors win prestigious Blavatnik Awards

Birmingham Professors win prestigious Blavatnik Awards
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Two Professors from the University of Birmingham have received prizes in the Second Annual Blavatnik Awards, which recognises young scientists in the United Kingdom.

Birmingham Professors win prestigious Blavatnik Awards

Birmingham Professors win prestigious Blavatnik Awards
Description
´╗┐Two Professors from the University of Birmingham's College of Engineering and Physical Sciences have received prizes in the Second Annual Blavatnik Awards, which recognises young scientists in the United Kingdom.

Birmingham physicist explains the origins and inner workings of the Sun to BBC World Service listeners

Birmingham physicist explains the origins and inner workings of the Sun to BBC World Service listeners
Description
All life on Earth relies on energy from the Sun but how much do we really know about our nearest star? William Chaplin, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Birmingham, recently contributed a BBC World Service programme designed to improve our understanding.

Birmingham research scientist contributes to new catalyst with potential to tackle air pollution

Birmingham research scientist contributes to new catalyst with potential to tackle air pollution
Description
A Birmingham research scientist has recently contributed to a multinational research project which has produced a major breakthrough with implications for both traditional combustion engines and zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells-powered vehicles.

A Universe full of black holes

A Universe full of black holes
Description
Researchers from the LIGO and Virgo Collaborations have announced gravitational wave observations of four new binary black holes and released their first catalogue of gravitational wave events.
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Events

On the Phases of Gravity

Date
20/03/2019
Description
Matter has many phases from liquids and solids to topological ones. In this seminar some of the possible phases of gravity will be described by identifying the relevant degrees of freedom at different energy scales.

The Frontiers of Fundamental Physics

Date
20/03/2019
Description
At the frontiers of physics we search for the principles unifying all forces of nature and strive to understand the universes origin and history. In this lecture Professor Gross discusses possible questions and answers.

Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prizes

Date
21/03/2019
Description
Former Nobel committee member and Chair Lars Brink talks about Alfred Nobel's life, inventions and how the Nobel Foundation was set up. Professor Brink then will discuss the Nobel Prizes and how the committee works.

CERN: A Collective Machinery to Test Laws Against Nature

Date
26/03/2019
Description
Professor Spiro presents an illumination of an exceptional collective adventure, with resources and expertise drawn from across the globe, run by treaty and convention.

A Physicist's Search for Simplicity and Unity

Date
26/03/2019
Description
This talk explores how to develop physics-inspired coarse-grained theories for understanding the structure and dynamics of the most challenging and profound questions facing science and society: complex adaptive systems.

1st Birmingham Symposium in Topological Science and Engineering

Date
03/04/2019
Description
The 1st Birmingham Symposium in Topological Science and Engineering is taking place on 3 April 2019 at the University of Birmingham.

EPS Societies' Awards 2019

Date
12/06/2019
Description
Returning for their sixth year, the EPS Societies' Awards are the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences' annual celebration of our 34 student groups.
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