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11 January 2013

The Eddington Medal is awarded for investigations of outstanding merit in astrophysics and in 2013 is awarded to Professor James Binney from the University of Oxford, in recognition of his fundamental and enduring contributions to galactic astrophysics. Prof.

24 December 2012

Since its launch in 2001, the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite has given us a new view of the universe, establishing a cosmological model that explains a wide range of astronomical observations. The WMAP science team, led by Charles Bennett at Johns Hopkins University and including Oxford lecturer Jo Dunkley, released the final nine-year results on 20 December 2012 in papers submitted to the Astrophysical Journal.

21 December 2012

The project was one of three shortlisted in the category "Outstanding Research Impact" for the 2013 Guardian University Awards. Climateprediction.net, using volunteer computing to run climate simulations, is one of the world's longest-running public-participation scientific research projects with a number of high-profile research outputs over the past decade, including featuring on the covers of both Nature and Science."

11 December 2012

Materials in which magnetism can be controlled with an electric voltage are one of the most promising routes towards a new generation of high-density, non-volatile computer memories. In an article published today in Nature Communications, Natasha Perks and co-workers from Oxford Physics, ILL (France), and CNRS (France) report how such control can be achieved with the help of a unique magneto-orbital texture, observed for the first time in single crystals of CaMn7O12.

21 November 2012

A new public exhibition entitled "Atmospheres: Investigating the Weather from Aristotle to Ozone" at Oxford University's Museum for the History of Science opened on the 20th November in a ceremony led by Sir John Houghton FRS (former Director of the Met Office, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Head of Atmospheric Physics in Oxford).

2 November 2012

Dr Leigh Fletcher, currently Violette and Samuel Glasstone Science Fellow (Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics), has been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in the 2012 round which he plans to take up in January 2013.

29 October 2012

Giulia Zanderighi, Professor of Physics at the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, has obtained a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation, Germany. These are awarded to internationally renowned academics from abroad in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in research to date and their exceptional promise for the future.

29 October 2012

Scientists at Oxford have synthesised a new superconductor in which a molecular spacer layer has been inserted in between layers of iron selenide. Pure iron selenide had already been shown to lose all electrical resistance, but only when cooled below about 8 degrees above absolute zero. As described in a Letter published in Nature Materials, the new compound retains superconductivity at temperatures more than four times higher.

26 October 2012

In new research1 published in the journal Science, pioneering single-molecule biophysics has been used to probe the mode of action of nanoscale molecular machines that remodel DNA inside living cells, from collaborative research involving Mark Leake’s team in the Condensed Matter Physics sub-dept of Oxford Physics and David Sherratt and co-workers in Oxford Biochemistry.

25 October 2012

The European Research Council has awarded Prof James Binney a five-year Advanced Grant of nearly 2m Eu to fund work on extracting science from large surveys of our Galaxy.

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