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IYL Launch Belfast

Belfast Launch of the 2015 International Year of Light

25 February 2015

The Northern Ireland launch of IYL 2015 took place recently at the Ulster Museum in Belfast

Renaissance science
Credit: Northern Ireland Science Festival

Renaissance science
23 February 2015

Bell’s Theorem Crescent
Credit: Northern Ireland Science Festival

Bell’s Theorem Crescent
20 February 2015

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The Incredible Power of Light
Exhibition at the Ulster Museum, 19 Feb-1 March

A week of light in Cork
February 23-26: lectures, activities and trivia across Cork celebrating the International Year of Light

Quantum interferometry with nanobiological matter: status and perspectives
Prof. Markus Arndt. Talks at UCC, Maynooth, UCD, QUB 16-19 Feb

What Happens Next? Teachers workshops
Venues throughout Ireland Feb and March.

Welcome Disturbances
UCD Science Artists in Residence exhibition and programme of events, 29 Jan-11 Apr. The Lab, Foley St. Dublin 1

Renaissance Science
A visual journey with Alison Hackett, through history, art and science since the Renaissance. No Alibis Bookshop, Botanic Ave, Belfast, 19 Feb, 6.30pm

Belfast Exposed
Belfast Exposed – pinhole camera and solar photography workshop, 21 and 22 Feb

Febuary 28

  • 1928 Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman discovers the inelastic scattering of photons, which would become known as the Raman Effect
  • 1997 A flash of gamma rays strikes the Earth for 80 seconds and was followed by an afterglow in a galaxy 8.1bn lightyears away, providing the first evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur far outside our own galaxy
  • 2007 The New Horizons space probe flies past Jupiter on its way to Pluto
  • 1930 Birth of Leon Neil Cooper, who developed a theory explaining superconductivity along with John Bardeen and John Robert Schrieffer, for which the trio were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1972
  • 1939 Birth of Daniel C Tsui, the solid-state physicist awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize for discoveries relating to the quantum Hall effect
  • 1948 Birth of Steven Chu, the 12th US Secretary of Energy and winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for cooling and trapping atoms with laser light
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