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23 November 2011

A new approach to measure the mechanical properties of living cells has been developed by researchers at Oxford Physics and Purdue University’s Birck Nanotechnology Center.This new technology could be used to diagnose human disease and better understand biological processes.

17 November 2011

The LHCb experiment this week announced at the HCP Symposium in Paris a result which, if confirmed, would most likely be the first measurement performed at the LHC at CERN that cannot be understood within the long-established Standard Model of particle physics. This will require a deeper theory of 'new physics' to explain. Oxford is a founding member of the LHCb collaboration and Oxford physicists Mat Charles and Guy Wilkinson were lead analysts in the study presented in Paris.

8 November 2011

Condensed Matter Physics is pleased to announce that Johannes Moeller, first year research student, has been awarded the Arthur H Cooke Memorial Prize 2011 for distinguished work by a first year research student.
Well done, Johannes!

20 October 2011

Research by Oxford atmospheric physicist Karen Aplin with Paul Williams from Reading University's meteorology department was featured on Radio 4's PM programme on 19th October. Karen and Paul are publishing a paper in the Royal Meteorological Society's journal Weather about the representation of weather in classical orchestral music.

19 October 2011

Amalia Coldea from the Quantum Materials group has been awarded the EuroMagnet prize 2011 for her outstanding contribution to the understanding of the electronic structure of iron-based superconductors by using high magnetic fields.

7 October 2011

Ever wondered what collisions at the Large Hadron Collider look like?

Scientists at the world's biggest scientific experiment - the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva - are trying to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the Universe, the origin of mass, the structure of space and time, and the conditions of the early universe. For those of us not lucky enough to have the world's highest energy particle smasher in our own back gardens, we can still get close to the action using an exciting new smartphone App.

3 October 2011

New STFC funding will pave the way for the UK to maintain and strengthen its leadership role in the design and development of ELT instrumentation. The majority of the £2.1M grant to Oxford will fund work on HARMONI, with the remainder supporting continued development of the science drivers that underpin the E-ELT project.

19 September 2011

Researchers at Oxford University and the University of Warwick have developed a form of crystal that can deliver highly accurate temperature readings, down to individual milli-kelvins, over a very broad range of temperatures: -120 to +680 degrees centigrade.


9 September 2011

An Oxford researcher has been highly commended in Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011. Andrew Steele’s image of moonrise over the Oxford skyline was a finalist in the Earth and Space category of the annual competition, run by the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

7 September 2011

The nearest supernova of its type to be discovered for 40 years is predicted to be at its brightest 7-8 September and will be visible through a good pair of binoculars.

The supernova, which was first spotted on 24 August by scientists from Oxford University and the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) collaboration, is in the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101.

Whilst not visible to the naked eye, with a clear sky anyone can observe the supernova using a good pair of binoculars or a small telescope: