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Ogden Trust School Physicist of the Year 2019

Posted on 12 July 2019 by Chris North

The School of Physics and Astronomy hosted the Ogden Trust School Physicist of the Year event on Tuesday 2nd July to celebrate young regional physicists. The School Physicist of the Year programme recognises outstanding efforts and achievements of secondary school students in physics. Seven physics students from local schools were awarded prizes at the ceremony.
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The science behind Cardiff’s space-age scanner

Posted on 21 December 2018 by Chris North

A super-sensitive passenger scanner that reveals hidden security threats has been trialled at Cardiff Airport. The walk-through device applies space technology to image human body heat. The result of a collaboration between Sequestim Ltd and Cardiff University scientists, the technology can distinguish between threats and non-threats without the need for passengers to keep still or remove outer clothing. Here, Ken Wood,
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A summer in the life of an intern

Posted on 29 August 2017 by Meirin Evans

I’m Meirin Evans, studying Physics at the University of Manchester but I look forward to coming home to Cardiff every holiday so that I can spend a little time working with the Physics and Astronomy outreach team. This summer has been an especially busy one for me, which has meant it’s been very exciting! The
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Martin Rees: the World in 2050

Posted on 20 March 2017 by Chris North

Leading astrophysicist Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and a senior figure in UK science, will look ahead to 2050 in a public lecture at Cardiff University on 6th April. This event is sponsored by the Learned Society of Wales and forms part of the Annual University/LSW Partnership Lecture series. It will be followed by a reception
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Pythagorean Astronomy: Backyard Worlds

Posted on 28 February 2017 by Chris North

February saw the first launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Rocket from Launchpad 39A – the same launchpad used by the Apollo missions and the Space Shuttle. In this month’s Pythagorean Astronomy, Edward Gomez and Chris North discuss these impressive structures along with the study of a supernova (the explosive death of a massive star) just hours
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Pythagorean Astronomy: Star Attractions

Posted on 30 January 2017 by Chris North

Join Chris North and Edward Gomez as they discuss the month’s astronomy news. Not only were there two new NASA missions announced this month, but Space-X successfully returned to flight with their Falcon 9 rocket. Further afield, there are predictions of a pair of stars that are set to explode in a few years. Being
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The Cardiff Physics Advent Calendar

Posted on 1 December 2016 by Chris North

What more could you ask for on a December morning than a cheeky little treat from an advent calendar? Well, this year, it got even better… We’d like to introduce the Cardiff Physics Advent Calendar. Every day there’s a short news story or factoid about physics for you to look at – and a few
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New artwork inspired by gravitational wave discovery

Posted on 25 November 2016 by Chris North

We just witnessed the unveiling of a large oil painting here in the School of Physics and Astronomy, inspired by the first ever detection of gravitational waves. Penelope Cowley, a local artist who specialises in bringing art and science together, presented her work at an unveiling ceremony, along with a video showcasing a unique artistic spin
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