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Warwick is serving up a Slice of Science this weekend

Have you ever wondered whether there were any other planets we could live on, or considered what happens after you have put that little stick up your nose for your COVID test? Fancy learning about slime or brain science – or wondered ‘exactly what is a tardigrade’? All the answers will be served – along with a cup of tea and slice of cake – at the University of Warwick’s Slice of Science event on Sunday (13 March).

Planetary bodies observed in habitable zone of dead star

A ring of planetary debris studded with moon-sized structures has been observed orbiting close to a white dwarf star, hinting at a nearby planet in the “habitable zone” where water and thus life could exist, according to a new study involving astronomers from the University of Warwick.

Fri 11 Feb 2022, 12:34 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, astronomy

Tiny electrical vortexes bridge gap between ferroelectric and ferromagnetic materials

Ferromagnetic materials have a self-generating magnetic field, ferroelectric materials generate their own electrical field. Although electric and magnetic fields are related, physics tells us that they are very different classes of material. Now the discovery by University of Warwick-led scientists of a complex electrical ‘vortex’-like pattern that mirrors its magnetic counterpart suggests that they could actually be two sides of the same coin.

Wed 09 Feb 2022, 16:24 | Tags: Physics, research

Final moments of planetary remnants seen for first time

The moment that debris from destroyed planets impacts the surface of a white dwarf star has been observed for the first time by astronomers at the University of Warwick.

Wed 09 Feb 2022, 16:01 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, astronomy

Warps drive disruptions in planet formation in young solar systems

A new study from the University of Warwick demonstrates the impact of passing stars, misaligned binary stars and passing gas clouds on the formation of planets in early star systems.

Thu 03 Feb 2022, 15:02 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research

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