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New physics against the odds

Thu 22 April 2021

Scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider have found some unusual results that potentially contradict the current and established theory of elementary particles. But as Professor Tim Gershon from the Department of Physics explains, there is still a long way to go before we re-write the rule book.

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Doctor Who and the Moon

Thu 04 March 2021

Science fiction is a gateway for children and adults to explore and understand scientific premises and for a long time Doctor Who has captivated and inspired audiences. Dr Elizabeth Stanway from Warwick’s Astrophysics research group discusses ‘real’ science content about the Moon which has appeared in Doctor Who annuals during a period when public interest in our nearest neighbour was waning.

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Women in science, innovate in science

Wed 10 February 2021

On the UN's International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we hear from young researchers at Warwick and ask them about their hopes for their research and the importance of equality in their chosen field.

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How to make Christmas 2020 really different

Thu 17 December 2020

From watching a little-known festive film, to trying a Victorian parlour game or even spotting a once in a lifetime astronomic occurrence, academics at the University of Warwick have compiled a few ideas to help you enjoy something different – deliberately – this Christmas.

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Dragons in the Sky

Fri 23 October 2020

In 793CE, monks recorded sightings of dragons in the skies above northern England. While the streaks of fire they witnessed were likely to be a meteor shower, they weren’t the first or the last to see dragons in the night sky. Dr Elizabeth Stanway looks at some of the other legends, myths and stories linking dragons and space.

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The real Tatooine: Could there be life on other circumbinary planets?

Thu 10 September 2020

From Gallifrey to Tatooine, planets with multiple suns feature widely in science fiction, but there are currently only ten real ‘circumbinary’ planets identified by space scientists. Dr David Armstrong from Warwick’s Astrophysics research group considers what we know about planets with two stars – and asks if life could exist there.

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Could we grow potatoes on Mars?

Tue 18 August 2020

Exploring habitability, on our own world and beyond, is a research priority for the University of Warwick. Ares Osborn from Warwick’s astrophysics group, explores one aspect of this topic - growing food on Mars.

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