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Applications for our 2017 BSA Media Fellowships are now open

Experience life as a science journalist Do you want to find out, first hand, how academic research is reported by the media and play an active part in the process? For the third year running the University of Nottingham is offering funded places on the British Science Association’s  2017 Media Fellowships Scheme. The BSA Media Fellowships …

British Embassy in Russia support for the Periodic Table of Videos

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) officially adopted the names of the four new chemical elements this year – big news for the award winning Periodic Table of Videos. And this week they decided to release all four new videos at once! Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson. The names of two of them are directly …

Consensus is not a dirty word

This blog by Michael Merrifield, Professor of Astronomy in the School of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Nottingham, has been given extra poignancy by recent comments from the Trump transition team. Science is, by its very nature, a collective activity “If it’s consensus, it isn’t science.”  This quote from a speech by Michael Crichton …

Black moon on the rise

Julian Onions a Post-Graduate research student in the School of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Nottingham discusses tonight’s Black Moon – the second new moon in the calendar month – or is it? On Friday 29th September, we have a black moon. I admit I had to look up this term as it …

In praise of ‘small astronomy’.

A blog by Michael Merrifield, Professor of Astronomy in the School of Physics and Astronomy. A number of years back, I had the great privilege of interviewing the Dutch astronomer Adriaan Blaauw for a TV programme.  He must have been well into his eighties at the time, but was still cycling into work every day …

What has the comet Swift-Tuttle got to do with the Perseid meteor shower?

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most stunning celestial events in the astronomical calendar and this year it will be better than usual. Perseids are so called because they appear to come from the constellation Perseus. But, as Christopher Conselice, Professor of Astrophysics explains – the Perseid cloud is actually debris in space which …

Galaxy clusters – what are they?

Over 500 scientists are descending on the Jubilee Campus at The University of Nottingham next week to discuss the latest breakthroughs and discoveries in astronomy. Many of these astronomers will be discussing massive agglomerations of galaxies called clusters. Dr Elizabeth Cooke and Kshitija Kelkar who studying distant clusters of galaxies here at the The University of Nottingham. Here …

Why is tonight’s full moon called a Strawberry Moon?

Want to know why tonight’s full moon is called a Strawberry Moon? Dr Julian Onions, who is studying galactic computer simulation in the School of Physics and Astronomy, has the answer. Tonight (well strictly noon 12:02 June 20th if we’re going to be pedantic) the moon is full again. This happens about 12 and a bit …

Reach for the stars – 500 astronomers meet in Nottingham and the public can join in

The Royal Astronomical annual National Astronomy Meeting – NAM – comes to Nottingham for one week at the end of June.  Julian Onions, part time PhD student at The University of Nottingham, is studying galactic computer simulation and is one of the organisors of the event. In this blog he peers into future to tell us what’s …

Accolades for academics who are changing our lives for the better

From smart wheels for aircraft to biological bandages to prevent blindness academics from The University of Nottingham were recognised last night for their achievements in helping to solve some of the world’s pressing problems. The University’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Awards recognised the new ideas and technologies being developed in collaboration with industry and commerce …