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Instant astrobiology courses now possible

18 August 2015
Textbook and complementary lectures remove barriers to teaching this complex subject

Video: Reflections on the School of Physics & Astronomy

07 August 2015
A new video traces the development of the School of Physics & Astronomy and reflects on the achievements of some of its students and staff.

Galaxies show appetite for growth

05 August 2015
The extent to which galaxies consume one another has been revealed in research.

Nearby rocky planet revealed close to Cassiopeia

30 July 2015
The Closest Rocky, Transiting Planet

Peter Higgs wins eminent award

21 July 2015
Professor Peter Higgs has been awarded the world’s oldest scientific prize, the Royal Society’s Copley Medal.

New class of particle discovered at CERN

15 July 2015
The LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has today reported the discovery of resonances in a B-hadron decay that are consistent with particles known as pentaquarks.

University Research Fellowship scheme invites applicants

13 July 2015
The School invites expressions of interest from potential applicants for the Royal Society's University Research Fellowship. This scheme provides five years of funding to outstanding researchers to help them build an independent research career.

New online courses in High Performance Computing and Data Science

10 July 2015
EPCC has launched two novel online courses: Practical Introduction to High Performance Computing and Practical Introduction to Data Science. Both are fully accredited by the University of Edinburgh as Postgraduate Professional Development courses.

Deep space images cast fresh light on mysteries of dark matter

07 July 2015
New images of deep space are helping shed light on dark matter, the invisible material that accounts for more than 80 per cent of all the matter in the Universe, but is little understood.

Virtual reality headset opens up immersive astronomy

07 July 2015
New VR headset opens up immersive astronomy

Lab mimicry opens a window into the deep interiors of stars and planets

12 June 2015
New work by the School of Physics & Astronomy increases our understanding of the atmosphere and chemistry of celestial objects.

Controlling energy flow and loss in a turbulent plasma through helicity

08 June 2015
Fresh theoretical understanding of the behaviour of turbulent plasmas could inform potential applications from tokamak fusion reactors to new understanding of magnetic fields in cosmology.

50th anniversary tributes paid in memory of pioneering scientist

19 May 2015
Tributes have been paid to a Nobel Prize-winning scientist and former Principal of the University of Edinburgh, to mark the 50th anniversary of his death.

Industry-sponsored PhD student wins prize for best talk

06 May 2015
ICMS student gives best talk

Bacterial raincoat discovery paves way to better crop protection

13 April 2015
Fresh insights into how bacteria protect themselves – by forming a waterproof raincoat – could help develop improved products to protect plants from disease.