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NASA retires space telescope which revolutionised study of stars and planets

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After nine years exploring deep space, on 30 October 2018 NASA announced the retirement of its Kepler mission. The University of Birmingham played a key role in the mission and is working with NASA on its successor mission, TESS, which launched earlier this year.

Gravity pioneer: industry leaders enter partnership to develop new industry of gravity sensors

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A UK consortium of leading scientific and engineering companies has come together to develop a new industry of quantum cold-atom sensors that will detect and monitor objects beneath the ground better than any current technology, thereby reducing the need for investigative drilling or digging.

School of Physics and Astronomy maintains awards status for recognising and promoting Equality and Diversity

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The college of Engineering and Physical Sciences is delighted to announce that the School of Physics and Astronomy has maintained its Silver award status in the most recent Athena SWAN awards round, while also retaining its Champion level for the Institute of Physics project Juno awards.

Birmingham physics students win science communication award

Birmingham physics students win science communication award
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Two physics students from the University of Birmingham have won this year's Clear Direction Award for their ability to communicate technical subject matter in a clear and accessible way. It is the first time in the competition's five year history that the award has been shared by two winners.

Long-sought decay of the Higgs boson observed

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Six years after its discovery, the Higgs boson has at last been observed decaying to fundamental particles known as bottom quarks.

Project launches to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in engineering and physical sciences

Project launches to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in engineering and physical sciences
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The University of Birmingham has been awarded a slice of £5.5 million funding for a project to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in engineering and physical sciences.

Physics and Astronomy at Birmingham 2018 NSS results

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The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham 2018 National Student Survey results.

Gravitational Waves Group showcase latest app

Gravitational Waves Group showcase latest app
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The Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy held a workshop on Wednesday 1 August to showcase their work in creating new apps. While the group have now built up a small portfolio of apps, the main focus of the session was their latest game 'Black Hole Master'.

The Future of Quantum Technology discussed on the latest Physics World Podcast

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Talking to Science Communicator Andrew Glester in the July edition of Physics World Stories, Professor Kai Bongs, Director of the UK National Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, discusses the latest developments in quantum technologies.

Birmingham professor counters myths surrounding tonight's "Blood Moon"

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Tonight and tomorrow morningpeople around the world will be able to see a "blood moon" lunar eclipse. The phenomenon has revived interest in ancient myths surrounding how the moon affects our mood. Birmingham astrophysicist Professor Ilya Mandel was on hand to bring the focus back to the science.
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Events

Putting a spin on light: from Poynting to knotting

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28/11/2018
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Professor Dennis will give his inaugural lecture on the 28 November. Titled "Putting a spin on light: from Poynting to knotting", he will be speaking about his background in physics and will describe how to control the shape of light beams and optical wavefunctions.

Surface Science Day 2018

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17/12/2018
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A one-day workshop on surface and interface science is to be held at the University of Birmingham on 17th December 2018.

EPS Societies' Awards 2019

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12/06/2019
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Returning for their sixth year, the EPS Societies' Awards are the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences' annual celebration of our 29 student groups.
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