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Scientists plug into £2 million cosmology project

* 23 July 2002 *

Scientists plug into £2 million cosmology project

Scientists at the University of Sussex will this week take delivery of new computers to link them up with the largest cosmology project in the UK.

Known as CosmoGrid, the project is a collaboration between six universities and revolves around a supercomputer in Cambridge. Experts plan to model the history of the universe from the first moments after the Big Bang up to the present day some 10 billion years later.

Professor Stephen Hawking will lead the project from the base at the University of Cambridge. He says, "This analysis is very computationally challenging but it will give us unprecedented new information about the origin and present state of our universe."

Ed Copeland, Professor of Theoretical Physics, and Dr Mark Hindmarsh, Reader in Theoretical Physics, both at the University of Sussex, will be working on the project, which is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

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