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Scientists celebrate first direct observation of colliding neutron stars

Scientists celebrate first direct observation of colliding neutron stars
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For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves -- ripples in space and time -- in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This is the first time that astronomers have been able to study the same event with both gravitational waves and light.

University of Birmingham to benefit from new £65m investment in science partnership agreement with US

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Researchers at the University of Birmingham are set to benefit from the UK investing £65m in a flagship global science project based in the United States that could change our understanding of the universe.

Birmingham gravitational waves team welcomes 2017 Nobel Prize

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Astrophysics experts from the University of Birmingham have welcomed the award of the 2017 Nobel prize in physics to a trio of gravitational wave science pioneers.

Gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger observed by LIGO and Virgo

Gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger observed by LIGO and Virgo
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The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration have reported the first joint detection of gravitational waves with both the LIGO and Virgo detectors.

Strong results for Physics and Astronomy in Times 2018 guide

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Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham has maintained its sixth position in the latest Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Black holes: scientists 'excited' by observations suggesting formation scenarios

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Physicists have described how observations of gravitational waves limit the possible explanations for the formation of black holes outside of our galaxy.

Physics and Astronomy at Birmingham 2017 NSS results

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The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham 2017 National Student Survey results.

Malala enlists the help of female physicists from around the globe to help spread message of 'education for all'

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Last week, United Nations Messenger for Peace, Malala Yousafzai, visited the University of Birmingham to enlist the help of female physicists from around the globe to spread her message of 'education for all'.

University of Birmingham welcomes Business and Energy Secretary to spark battery challenge

University of Birmingham welcomes Business and Energy Secretary to spark battery challenge
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The University of Birmingham welcomed Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark for a keynote speech on the Government's Industrial Strategy.

Latest gravitational wave detection helps scientists reveal the history of the stars

Latest gravitational wave detection helps scientists reveal the history of the stars
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Writing in the journal Nature, Ilya Mandel, University of Birmingham Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics, has explained how the latest gravitational wave detected in January of this year could allow scientists to study the stars in the same that palaeontologists use fossilised remains to understand the history of life on Earth.
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Events

Simon Singh - From Theorems to Serums, From Cryptology to Cosmology ... and The Simpsons

Date
07/12/2017
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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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