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Cardiff scientist featured in film exploring the outer-limits of the universe

07 November 2008

A film following the adventures of an international team of astrophysicists, including a Cardiff University scientist, as they explore the origins of the universe is being shown at Cardiff University.

Blast! follows the story of a tenacious group of scientists, including Dr Enzo Pascale of the School of Physics and Astronomy, as they launch a state-of-the-art telescope on a NASA high altitude balloon.

Their adventures take them from the Arctic to the Antarctic, as they release the telescope into the atmosphere, with the aim of uncovering information on how our universe evolved, and capturing faint sub-millimetre light from thousands of the earliest galaxies ever detected.

Throughout the film, the scientists try and answer the question ‘how did we get here’, and Blast! also explores the relationship between science and religion.

Blast! was produced by five-time Emmy award winning producer and director Paul Devlin. The film will be shown in a free screening at Cardiff University’s Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre on Tuesday 11th November 2008 at 6.00pm.

To book your place at the free screening please email publicbookings@cardiff.ac.uk or call 02920 876936.

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Notes of Editors:

1. Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy
Cardiff has a large and successful School of Physics and Astronomy, attracting some 300 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Physics research is focused in two areas: condensed matter physics and optoelectronics. Researchers are using theoretical and practical techniques to answer fundamental questions about the electrical, magnetic and optical properties of new semiconducting materials and investigating the design and fabrication of new optoelectronic devices. The School has extensive facilities for building and investigating devices made from these new materials. The most spectacular results come from ultra-thin sandwich structures. The novel properties of these devices are being exploited in the design of lasers and detectors.

For researchers and students of astronomy, the School offers modern astronomical laboratories with optical, radio and solar telescopes. The University’s Astrophysics Research Group and the Astronomy Instrumentation Research Group are two of the most vigorous in the UK. Members of the groups regularly use the three main British observatories in Hawaii, the Canary Islands and Australia, and they also use the Hubble Space Telescope and other space observatories. There is also an active theory group that uses computers to investigate the physics of stars and galaxies, and a group developing techniques for detecting gravitational waves, a prediction of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity.

2. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities.

2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883. Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.

Visit the University website at: www.cardiff.ac.uk

Further Information:

For further information, please call:

Victoria Dando

Public Relations Office

Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 879074

Email: DandoV2@cardiff.ac.uk