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Banging the drum for quantum physics! 

‘When the Uncertainty Principle goes to 11’ or ‘How to explain Quantum Physics with Heavy Metal’  Yes, a professor of physics at the University of Nottingham, has published a new book which provides an ‘entertaining’, ‘enlightening’ and ‘metal-sci’ view into the mysterious and mind bending world of Quantum Physics! Philip Moriarty in the School of Physics and Astronomy, says chugging guitars, choked cymbals, artificial harmonics and mosh pits each have their own parallels in the physics …

Prof Brian Cox gets his brain examined!

Brian’s brain activity was put to the test yesterday when he dropped in on the University’s Quantum Sensing the Brain team at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition. Professor Brian Cox was doing a tour of the annual event which showcases some of the best research being done right now in the UK and brings hands …

The Ada Lovelace effect

The Ada Lovelace effect Ada Lovelace, the ‘Countess of Computing’, was born in London on 10 December 1815. The daughter of Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace was a gifted mathematician recognised for creating the first computer programme and forseeing a digital future. Every year scientists across the world mark Ada Lovelace Day – which is being …

Eclipse news from the School of Physics and Astronomy

Among the millions who watched the first total solar eclipse to be seen across America for nearly a century was Professor Mike Merrifield, Head of the University of Nottingham’s School of Physics and Astronomy. Here’s one of the pictures he took as he joined an excited crowd in Central Park, New York. He said: “Clouds around, …

Levitation and lightning -100s of school children ‘Spring into Science’

How do you make music with electrical sparks or float balls in the air using only sound? Children from schools across Nottingham found out the answers to these and many other scientific questions at the first ever ‘Spring into Science’ event being held at The University of Nottingham today. A team of experts from the University’s …

Colleagues in Physics and Astronomy remember Professor Lawrie Challis OBE

Professor Laurence Eaves and Professor Tony Kent, in the School of Physics and Astronomy, at the University of Nottingham remember Professor Lawrence Challis. This obituary has been published by the Institute of Physics on MyIOP. Lawrie Challis, who died on 24 March 2017, was an experimental physicist who did distinguished work at the University of Nottingham …

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 …