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Primary Science Fair

On Wednesday 12th July, the university welcomed 100 primary school children, aged 4 to 11 years old to the final of the Primary Science fair. Local Coventry and Warwickshire schools had hosted their own heats, where the best science projects had been chosen by teachers, students and parents. A judging panel made up of real life scientists and educationalists judged the entries and Professor Andrew Levan awarded first, second and third prizes in categories of Upper Key Stage 2, Lower Key Stage 2, Key Stage 1 and Reception.

Mon 17 July 2017, 15:36 | Tags: Feature News, Outreach, Public Engagement and Media

Congratulations to our new graduates!

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 graduating on July 17th! The ceremony was led by Warwick's new Chancellor Baroness Ashton and followed by a celebratory lunch for the new graduates and their families.

During the ceremony, an Honorary Doctor of Science degree was presented to Dr Don Eigler, who was the first to move individual atoms using a scanning tunnelling microscope.

Mon 17 July 2017, 10:06 | Tags: Undergraduates

Doubly charming discovery by LHCb

The LHCb collaboration has announced the discovery of a new particle, the Ξcc++ state. Just like the protons that circulate in the Large Hadron Collider, the new particle is a baryon, composed of three quarks bound together by the strong force. However, unlike the proton which is made from three light quarks (two up quarks and a down quark), the Ξcc++ contains one up quark and two charm quarks. This discovery opens the door for novel investigations of the strong force that binds hadrons together.

Fri 07 July 2017, 12:41 | Tags: Research

Spin-polarized electric current in silicene nanoribbons induced by atomic adsorption

The field of spintronics is rapidly developing from its roots in magnetic metal multilayers. In recent years, two-dimensional (2D) materials came to the forefront and advances in this field are expected to occur based on hybrid systems. A plethora of novel 2D materials offers fascinating fundamental properties for spin transport and controlled spin-light interaction. In this context, silicene is a particularly promising candidate for the design of spintronic devices. In the paper, we show how disorder, normally associated with reduced charge transport characteristics, can be used in silicence to enhance spin transport.

Fri 07 July 2017, 08:53 | Tags: Research

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