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I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!

17 November 2015
PhD student Flavia Dias has joined 40 other scientists in this year's fast-paced live chats with pupils from nearly 160 UK schools.

Weather map of distant world revealed

03 November 2015
Weather patterns in a mysterious world beyond our solar system have been revealed for the first time, a study suggests.

School researcher wins Young Scientist Award of Polish Astronomical Society

12 October 2015
Congratulations to Michal Michalowski, a researcher at the Institute for Astronomy, who was chosen in recognition of outstanding, individual accomplishments in the field of astronomy.

Nobel prize for physics awarded for the observation of neutrino oscillations, a phenomenon being studied by Edinburgh physicists

12 October 2015
Neutrinos are fundamental particles which are created in radioactive decays, in fusion processes in stars, such as our Sun, and in cosmic ray interactions with the Earth’s atmosphere. Even though neutrinos are very abundant in nature and billions pass through our bodies each second, their very weak interaction make observation challenging.

Prize PhD Studentships plus over 100 other funded PhD places in physics in Scotland

07 October 2015
The Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) is offering PhD studentships for outstanding students from anywhere in the world.

Physics and Astronomy at the Postgraduate Open Day, 18 November 2015

05 October 2015
Discover if the School of Physics & Astronomy and the city of Edinburgh are right for you.

Soft Matter at Doors Open Day

02 October 2015
The soft matter physics group part of the Institute for Condensed Matter and Complex Systems took part in Doors Open Day, Edinburgh on 26th of September in the James Clerk Maxwell Building.

Computational study sheds light on how early metabolism might have evolved

29 September 2015
The way in which biological cells convert food into energy stored in molecules such as ATP is shared by almost all living things - now scientists have discovered a likely reason why this is so widespread.

The School visits the 2015 Orkney International Science Festival

18 September 2015
Physics and Astronomy make major contribution to the 2015 Orkney International Science Festival

Forced isotropic turbulence: not so random after all?

17 September 2015
Physical Review Letters has published a paper on turbulence by PhD student Moritz Linkmann and Alexander Morozov, both of the School of Physics & Astronomy.

Physics and Astronomy at the 2015 Doors Open Day

17 September 2015
The School of Physics & Astronomy is opening its doors at the end of September.

Slower melting ice cream in pipeline, thanks to new ingredient

31 August 2015
Childhood memories of sticky hands from melting ice cream cones could soon become obsolete, thanks to a new food ingredient.

3D models give new perspective on cancer

31 August 2015
Computer models of developing cancers reveal how tiny movements of cells can quickly transform the makeup of a tumour.

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.