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Major impact with 'Sausage' galaxy changed the Milky Way

An international team of astronomers, including scientists at Durham University, has discovered an ancient and dramatic head-on collision between the Milky Way and a smaller object, dubbed the “Sausage” galaxy.

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Cataclysmic collision shaped Uranus’ evolution

Uranus was hit by a massive object roughly twice the size of Earth that caused the planet to tilt and could explain its freezing temperatures, according to new research.

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Demystifying the neutrino

Neutrinos are one of the most important and common subatomic particles in the Universe. They are produced by many natural sources and trillions of them pass through our bodies unnoticed every second.

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Collaborative Durham Physics-Industry ERDF PhD opportunity in flexible electronics

An exciting opportunity for a PhD studentship in Flexible Electronics has just become available! This studentship is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is a three year PhD studentship partnership project, starting in October 2018, between PragmatIC and Durham University. The student will be based at Durham University and work closely with the company, spending some of their time in PragmatIC’s Research and Development base at NETPark, the North East Technology Park, in County Durham.

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The Physics Department mourns the loss of a well loved colleague, Mike Pennington

Our friend and colleague, Michael Pennington, sadly passed away on 23 May 2018 after a short illness. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his widow, Patricia. We will sorely miss his jovial attitude, his gentle encouragement and his collegial fellowship

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Could a Multiverse be hospitable to life?

A Multiverse – where our Universe is only one of many – might not be as inhospitable to life as previously thought, according to new research.

Could a Multiverse be hospitable to life?

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Durham students complete a successful three month secondment at Kromek.

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Durham astronomers discover two rare diamonds in the sky

When by chance a distant quasar lies directly behind a foreground massive galaxy the effect of strong gravitational lensing can produce multiple images of the background quasar. This effect was originally predicted by Albert Einstein in his general theory of relativity. The first doubly-imaged lensed quasar was discovered in 1979.

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Dark matter might not be interactive after all

Astronomers are back in the dark about what dark matter might be, after new observations showed the mysterious substance may not be interacting with forces other than gravity after all.

Three years ago an international team of researchers led by Durham University thought they had made a breakthroughin ultimately identifying what dark matter is.

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Durham University strengthens its international research collaborations in energy materials research.

We are excited to announce a £150k Rutherford Strategic Partnership Grant programme that will bring four early career scientists to Durham University from India, Malaysia, and Mexico as Rutherford Strategic Fellows in Organic Energy Research (RSFs). The successful 2018 bid was led by Asst Prof Paul McGonigal (Department of Chemistry) and Dr Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro (Durham Energy Institute Early Career Fellow and Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry). The Fellowships will draw international talents from around the globe to develop genuinely useful materials to meet the world’s ever-growing energy needs. The RSFs will push the boundaries of organic energy materials for storage, generation, and transmission alongside experts from the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering.

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Outstanding recognition for Durham University's scientists

Durham University’s outstanding achievements in science have been recognised with a series of awards.

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The Queen honours leading Durham University space scientist

Professor Carlos Frenk

A world-leading Durham University space scientist has been honoured by The Queen for his work on the origins of the Universe and engaging the public in science.

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ALMA discovers dew drops surrounding dusty spider’s web

Astronomers have spotted glowing droplets of condensed water in the distant Spiderweb Galaxy – but not where they expected to find them.

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CDT Student Francis Ridgeon wins regional 3 Minute Wonder Competition

CDT student Francis Ridgeon won the Institute of Physics, North East regional 3 Minute Wonder Competition.

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