Gravitational Waves Detected At Last

This past week marks one of the greatest milestones in physics since the Higgs Boson particle was detected in 2012. On the 11th of February, physicists at LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) announced that after 14 years of searching, they had finally detected gravitational waves, a phenomena predicted 100 years ago by Albert Einstein’s […]

January 2016 – Violent Galaxies

Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in the night sky. Last month, we examined some of the largest stars in our galaxy. In this issue, we will discuss the most violent acts of galaxies. When we peer into the vastness of space, we […]

November 2015 – The Largest Stars in Our Galaxy

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we discussed the mystery of dark energy and how it shapes our universe. In this issue, we will discover the largest stars known to exist. When we look […]

Shine: St Andrews Celebrates the International Year of Light

In December 2013 the UN General Assembly announced that 2015 is the International Year of Light and Light Based Technologies. [1] There are over 85 countries involved and more than 100 partners from these, committed to developing this initiative. This program was set up in order to celebrate innovations in light science, as well as […]

October 2015 – The Mystery of Dark Energy

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we profiled three prominent astronomers of the Renaissance and their discoveries. In this issue, we will discuss the mystery of ‘dark energy’ and how we believe it exists.  […]

Nobel Prizes 2015

  How would you react if a stranger phoned you up in the middle of the night? Most people probably wouldn’t be too impressed. But for some scientists this week, being woken up in the middle of the night by a mysterious caller from Sweden could have been the highlight of their careers. That’s right, […]

September 2015 – Astronomy of the Renaissance

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we discussed the dwarf planet Pluto and the New Horizons spacecraft flyby. This month, we will profile three prominent astronomers of the Renaissance and their discoveries. Although modern […]

June 2015 – The Great Space Observatories

Heavens Above! Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd website, updated each month to highlight a particular phenomenon in this month’s night sky. Last month, we explored our place in the Galaxy. In this issue, we will be discussing the great observatories of space. The Hubble Space Telescope The first of four great […]

X-ray imaging technique reveals text in old Vesuvius scrolls

Nearly 2000 years ago, the town of Pompeii was going down in flames in what became one of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history. Yet Pompeii was not the only city to be affected by this tragedy. Herculaneum was also buried under the ashes of the Vesuvius in 79 AD; and with it, its […]

New Battery ‘Armour’ Could Prevent Injuries

A new coating developed by research teams at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US could prevent thousands of injuries caused by young children swallowing cell batteries. Between 2000 and 2013 there were a total of 43,700 US hospital admissions due to battery ingestion, of which 65% were children under the […]

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