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16 May 2019

Prof Katherine Blundell OBE appointed Gresham Professor of Astronomy

Gresham College, London’s oldest Higher Education Institution, is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Katherine Blundell OBE as Gresham Professor of Astronomy from 2019 in succession to Professor Joseph Silk.

16 May 2019

Congratulations to Professor Achillefs Kapanidis and Mr Bo Jing, CEO of Oxford Nanoimaging who have been named as BBSRC’s Innovator of the year 2019 – an award celebrating excellent research which demonstrates impact.

1 May 2019

Dr Roger Johnson has been awarded the BTM Willis prize for his work on the understanding of magnetic and magnetoelectric phenomena achieved through state-of-the-art structural studies of complex crystalline solids. The prize is jointly awarded by the Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry Neutron Scattering Groups to an early career researcher. Dr Johnson is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Quantum Materials section of the sub-department of Condensed Matter Physics.

30 April 2019

The recent development of gene editing using biological system CRISPR, creates the prospect of dramatic developments in medicine for gene repair and cancer therapy. The CRISPR/Cas9 system allows targeted DNA cleavage and hence editing of the genome. However, unwanted DNA cuts, resulting from non-specific delivery to off-target cells, could promote tumorigenesis. Cell-specific activation of CRISPR/Cas9 is essential to avoid this problem.

30 April 2019

The technology available to licence is a new technique for using higher order Hermite-Gaus (HG) modes to increase the channel capacity in telecommunication networks via HG mode selective multiplexing. The bandwidth of telecommunication networks can consequently be brought up to the theoretical maximum for a particular time-frequency resource.
As the device proposed operates noise-free, the invention is expected to be of use in applications.

High capacity telecommunications using multiple modes

29 April 2019

Astronomers have discovered rapidly swinging jets coming from a black hole almost 8000 light-years from Earth.

Published today in the journal Nature, the research shows jets from V404 Cygni’s black hole behaving in a way never seen before on such short timescales.

The jets appear to be rapidly rotating with high-speed clouds of plasma—potentially just minutes apart—shooting out of the black hole.

15 April 2019

Our world and the whole Universe is full of turbulent fluids, usually in the plasma state. Most people are familiar with the notion of turbulence. Whether it is the chaotic swirls that appear as you add milk to your coffee or tea or the unpredictable motions of the atmosphere all too familiar to frequent fliers. However, despite this ubiquity, it is exceptionally hard to pin down in precise mathematical terms, with current theories either derived empirically or through dimensional analysis.

13 April 2019

Eric and Wendy Schmidt today announced the 20 members of the 2019 class of Schmidt Science Fellows – a program of Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust – at an event in New York City.

12 April 2019

Dr Becky Smethurst, Junior Research Fellow in Astrophysics at Christ Church, has been speaking in the media about the new image of a black hole at the centre of the galaxy M87, released on 10th April.

12 April 2019

The first results from the ExoMars mission supported by the UK Space Agency reveal the effects of a massive, global dust storm on the Red Planet.
British instruments reveal secrets of martian sky

Over the last year the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) spacecraft followed the onset of the storm and monitored how the increase in dust affected the water vapour in the atmosphere - important for understanding the history of water on Mars.

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