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The Invisible Colours of the Universe

Friday 20th December 2013

Take a look into the depths of the universe with scientists from the Albert Einstein Institute in Hanover, and discover amazing astrophysical objects like neutron stars and supermassive black holes, as well as catastrophic processes like supernovae and galaxy mergers.

An international team of gravitational wave physicists, including one of Cardiff's own PhD students, has won an exciting award for science communication.

Fast Forward Science is a web video contest for science and humanities, split into three categories for junior scientists ("Next"), researchers ("Pro"), and science communicators ("Communication") organised by Wissenschaft im Dialog and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.

These are short videos aimed at a general audience and deal with a current scientific topic, which were submitted via YouTube before the end of August 2013. The winners of each category were decided by a Jury based on popularity on YouTube, scientific character, comprehensibility, and entertainment value.

A group of young scientists lead by Pablo A. Rosado (Albert Einstein Institute, Hannover), which included Thomas Adams (Cardiff University), have won the "Next" category with their video on Gravitational Wave Physics, "The Invisible Colours of the Universe".

The winner of each category was announced on the 6th of November and received €6000 prize money at the award ceremony held at the Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation in Karlsruhe, Germany on the 12th November 2013, where the videos were presented to over 300 members of the general public.

"The goal of this video is to show the importance of the detection of gravitational waves, which will allow us see the universe in a very different way. In particular, we describe how to detect gravitational waves with the Pulsar Timing Array", Thomas explained.

For more information on the competition, visit the Fast Forward Science website.