Women in STEM: Shagita Gounden

Shagita Gounden is a systems engineer working on the world’s largest radio telescope, an Executive MBA candidate at Cambridge Judge Business School, and a member of St Edmund’s College. Here, she tells us about being part of a massive global science project, the benefits of working with an international team, and how it makes her hopeful as a South African.

Cambridge University News | Jan. 30, 2020 | cambridge
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Tags: astronomy space engineering women-in-stem

Astronomers use ‘cosmic echo-location’ to map black hole surroundings

Material falling into a black hole casts X-rays out into space – and now astronomers have used the echoes of this radiation to map the dynamic behaviour and surroundings of a black hole itself.

Cambridge University News | Jan. 20, 2020 | cambridge
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Tags: space astronomy black-hole

Water common – yet scarce – in exoplanets

The most extensive survey of atmospheric chemical compositions of exoplanets to date has revealed trends that challenge current theories of planet formation and has implications for the search for water in the solar system and beyond.

Cambridge University News | Dec. 11, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: astronomy exoplanets space star

Women in STEM: Amy Rankine

Amy Rankine is a PhD candidate in the Institute of Astronomy and a member of Clare Hall. Here, she tells us about being the first in her family to go to university, why she decided to pursue an academic career, and how the brightest things in the universe affect the formation of galaxies. 

Cambridge University News | Nov. 21, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: astronomy space black-hole women-in-stem

Stormy cluster weather could unleash black hole power and explain lack of cosmic cooling

“Weather” in clusters of galaxies may explain a longstanding puzzle, according to a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge. 

Cambridge University News | Oct. 21, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: astronomy space black-hole galaxy

Women in STEM: Verity Allan

Verity Allan is a graduate of Cambridge, Oxford, and The Open University. She is a PhD candidate at the Cavendish Laboratory and works as a project manager and programmer on the software for the Square Kilometre Array, the world's largest radio telescope.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 29, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: women-in-stem women-in-stemm physics astrophysics space

Graphene goes to space

Partners in the European Commission’s Graphene Flagship, including the University of Cambridge, launched a rocket this week to test graphene – a two-dimensional form of carbon – for potential applications in space.

Cambridge University News | June 25, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: graphene space advanced-materials spotlight-on-advanced-materials engineering

‘Forbidden’ planet found wandering ‘Neptunian Desert’

An international group of astronomers has identified a rogue planet orbiting its star in the so-called Neptunian Desert.

Cambridge University News | May 29, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: astrophysics astronomy space exoplanets

Design work on ‘brain’ of world’s largest radio telescope completed

An international group of scientists led by the University of Cambridge has finished designing the ‘brain’ of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope. When complete, the SKA will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and survey the entire sky much faster than any system currently in existence.

Cambridge University News | May 9, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: astronomy telescope astrophysics physics space high-performance-computing supercomputer

Variations in the ‘fogginess’ of the universe identify a milestone in cosmic history

Large differences in the ‘fogginess’ of the early universe were caused by islands of cold gas left behind when the universe heated up after the big bang, according to an international team of astronomers.

Cambridge University News | April 16, 2019 | cambridge
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Tags: astronomy space universe big-bang

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