News

30 July 2013

Our all new and improved ATLAS smart-phone and tablet app has just been released. The new App is called Collider and it allows you to play games, view events, and hunt for the Higgs Boson on your hand-held device. Following on from LHSee, the application now also features improved graphics, and additional games.

24 July 2013

Frank Close has been awarded the Royal Society's 2013 Michael Faraday Prize for his excellent work
in science communication. For more details see http://royalsociety.org/awards/medallists/2013/

His popular books, lectures and appearances on the broadcast media have brought fundamental science to a wide audience and inspired many young people to continue their study of science.

19 July 2013

Today at the European Physical Society meeting in Stockholm, the international T2K collaboration announced definitive observation of muon neutrino to electron neutrino transformation. In 2011, the collaboration announced the first indication of this process, a new type of neutrino oscillation, then; now with 3.5 times more data this transformation is firmly established. The probability that random statistical fluctuations alone would produce the observed excess of electron neutrinos is less than one in a trillion.

16 July 2013

Professor James Binney, Head of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, has been awarded the medal of the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. Professor Binney received the medal at the end of June from Professor Laurent Vigroux, Director of the IAP, at a ceremony in the 17th century Observatoire de Paris.
http://www.iap.fr/actualites/avoir/2013/Juillet/JamesBinney_IAP-Medal-Aw...

11 July 2013

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have, for the first time, determined the true colour of a planet orbiting another star.

If seen up close this planet, known as HD 189733b, would be a deep azure blue, reminiscent of Earth’s colour as seen from space. But that's where the similarities end. This "deep blue dot" is a huge gas giant orbiting very close to its host star. The planet's atmosphere is scorching with a temperature of over 1000 degrees Celsius, and it rains glass, sideways, in howling 7000 kilometre-per-hour winds.

1 July 2013

Professor Peter Norreys has been awarded the 2013 Payne-Gaposchkin Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for his pioneering contributions to the physics of fast particle generation and energy transport in relativistic laser-plasma interactions.
Further details can be seen at http://www.iop.org/about/awards/subject/payne_gaposchkin-/medallists/page_60384.html

1 July 2013

Dr Jo Dunkley has been awarded the 2013 Maxwell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for her contributions to determining the structure and history of our Universe. Further details can be seen at
http://www.iop.org/about/awards/career/maxwell/medallists/page_60402.html

9 June 2013

Richard Passmore, a current student within Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at The University of Oxford, has won a prestigious scholarship to attend summer camp at the International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Program (SSP13).

30 May 2013

Steven Balbus, Savilian Professor of Astronomy, and John Hawley (University of Virginia, USA), have been jointly awarded the 2013 Shaw Prize "for their discovery and study of the magnetorotational instability, and for demonstrating that this instability leads to turbulence and is a viable mechanism for angular momentum transport in astrophysical accretion disks." The Shaw Prize is widely considered to be among the highest honours in astronomy. Further details can be found at http://www.shawprize.org

21 May 2013

A new study led by Oxford University concludes that the latest observations of the climate system's response to rising greenhouse gas levels are consistent with conventional estimates of the long-term 'climate sensitivity', despite a "warming pause" over the past decade. However, the most extreme rates of warming simulated by the current generation of climate models over 50-100 year timescales are looking less likely, according to the paper published online by Nature Geoscience.

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