Supermassive black hole blows molecular gas out of a galaxy at 1m km per hour

New research by academics at the University of Sheffield has solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the evolution of galaxies, deepening our understanding of the future of the Milky Way. The supermassive black holes in the cores of some galaxies drive massive outflows of molecular hydrogen gas. As a result, most of the cold gas is expelled from the galaxies. Since cold gas is required to […]

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Muon detector could help UK reduce carbon emissions

Muon detectors which exploit cosmic-ray muons, a natural radiation to see through kilometres of rock – in a similar way to X-rays being used to see inside a patient’s body – are being developed by the Particle Physics Group at the University of Sheffield, to improve monitoring of the process of subsurface carbon storage. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a possible solution to preventing […]

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Equality awards for five departments

Five departments in the Faculty of Science have earned major awards for their work on gender equality. Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Physics and Astronomy, and the School of Mathematics and Statistics are among eight University of Sheffield departments recognised by Athena SWAN today. The five in science have been given Bronze Awards by the organisation, which monitors academic institutions to ensure that their employment […]

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Staff gear up for 24 hours of lectures

Lecturers from across the University will be staying up through the night give inspiring talks this week. The second 24 Hour Inspire kicks off in Firth Hall at 5pm this Thursday, March 27. It is organised by Inspiration For Life, the charity set up in memory of Tim Richardson from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Over 24 hours, staff from across the University will give […]

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Gravitational waves discovery heralds a new frontier in astrophysics and cosmology, scientists say

The discovery of evidence of primordial gravitational waves will help us unlock the secrets to how the Universe was born, University astrophysicists say. Echoes of the big bang have been identified in research published today by scientists at Harvard University. Dr Ed Daw from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, said: “Gravitational waves emitted at the time of the big bang can […]

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University unveils ambitious international projects to tackle world’s biggest biomedical problems

The University has unveiled two ambitious, signature research projects, which will see researchers from the Faculty of Science address some of the world’s biggest biomedical problems. The ground breaking, multi-million pound Imagine and Florey projects were revealed at a conference in Tokyo where the University is looking to attract international collaborators and world leading partners to help them tackle one of the biggest global health issues – protecting us […]

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£2m funding boost for academy to provide physics graduates with career skills

A new academy designed to encourage more physics graduates into technical careers – part of a major partnership involving the University of Sheffield – has been awarded £2m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA) is a new collaboration between the University of Sheffield, University of York and technical industry partners to improve the skills of […]

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Women in STEM celebrated for Ada Lovelace Day

Women in the Faculty of Science are being celebrated today as part of Ada Lovelace Day – a national celebration aimed at raising the profile of women working in STEM subjects across the globe. Often described as the world’s first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace was a leading 19th century mathematician and daughter of the poet Lord Byron. She left a lasting legacy as a role […]

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24 Hour Inspire… inspires!

24 Hour Inspire… inspires!

The University was united as members of staff from different faculties came together to remember one of our own, Tim Richardson and support the charity he set up- Inspiration for Life. The charity has two main objectives, both close to Tim’s heart. As an inspiring lecturer in  Physics, Tim was aware that the public have little access to the world of science and that his […]

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Researcher’s Night 2012

Researcher’s Night 2012

Part of Festival of the Mind, Researchers Night was a huge success. Members of the public streamed onto the campus and were treated to 70 talks, demonstrations and hands-on experiments. The aim of the night was to educate and entertain. Feedback indicates both targets were met with flying colours.

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