Writing in the journal Icarus this week, Professor Carl Murray from Queen Mary’s Astronomy Unit reports that recently discovered disturbances at the very edge of Saturn's outer bright A ring result from a small icy object that formed within the ring and which may be in the process of migrating out of it. They have nicknamed the object, ‘Peggy’.

A Queen Mary physicist and a Turner Prize winning artist have teamed up to create a new exhibition of sculptures and drawings inspired by String Theory research.

Imprints of Primordial Gravitational Waves on the Cosmic Microwave Background Detected by the BICEP-2 Experiment

We have the pleasure of hearing about the exciting new experimental discovery of gravitational waves in the CMB by the BICEP-2 experiment. The speaker is none other than Dr Polnarev, astrophysicist in the Astro Unit at SPA, who gave the original theoretical prediction of this signature of cosmological gravitational waves.

March 12, 2014: Hyper-Kamiokande (http://www.hyperk.org/ & https://twitter.com/hyperkamiokande) is one of the top 27 projects (out of the 192 submitted) selected by the Japanese Science Council in the "Japanese Master Plan of Large Research Projects" ( http://www.scj.go.jp/ja/info/kohyo/pdf/kohyo-22-t188-1.pdf - English version coming soon).


Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why in the world did life invent sex when asexual reproduction is so much less bother? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Why, when we share 99 % of our DNA with chimpanzees, does the 1% make such a huge difference? How can something invisible that comes down a wire power our civilisation?

Alix Pryde

Abstract : You've heard of Medical Physics, Geophysics, Astrophysics... but have you ever thought about the vital role physics plays in showbiz? Alix Pryde is the BBC's Director of Distribution. She also has a PhD in solid state physics, completed under the supervision of QML's Professor Martin Dove.

Nuclear latency - where physics affects international peace

The SPA is very pleased to welcome Mr Matthew Machowski for the School Colloquium on Friday 14 Feb. Mr Machowski is a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Physics and Astronomy, and Visiting Fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

Title: Nuclear latency - where physics affects international peace

The National Student Survey

The National Student Survey 2014 (NSS), of final year undergraduate students, officially opens at QM on Monday 13 January 2014 and closes on Wednesday 30 April 2014. The NSS website goes live on Monday 13 January, where students can complete the survey online: www.thestudentsurvey.com.

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