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Diamond shines its light on 2,000-year-old papyrus scrolls
29 October 2019
Diamond shines its light on 2,000-year-old papyrus scrolls

Two thousand years ago the heat of a volcano burned the contents of a library in the doomed Roman city of Herculaneum. Today, a team of researchers from the University of Kentucky, working at the UK and STFC’s x-ray synchrotron Diamond Light Source research facility, are using the light of a billion Suns to hopefully reveal the writing locked away within the ancient charred papyri.

How the UK's neutron and muon research facility ISIS helps battery technology charge ahead
29 October 2019
How the UK's neutron and muon research facility ISIS helps battery technology charge ahead

On October 9, the 2019 Nobel Prize for chemistry was awarded to three scientists for their work in developing the technology upon which much of our modern world relies: the lithium ion (Li-ion) battery.

How to beat a mind-controlling parasite
29 October 2019
How to beat a mind-controlling parasite

A team of scientists working at the Central Laser Facility (CLF) have made a key breakthrough in understanding how a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii reproduces with its host. The parasite, which causes a disease called toxoplasmosis, can infect almost any warm blooded animal but must reproduce in cats, can control the behaviour of its host and is thought to infect as much as half the world’s human population.

Gaming meets science to revolutionise life science teaching at universities
19 September 2019
Gaming meets science to revolutionise life science teaching at universities

A start-up based as STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory is about to transform how life sciences are taught in universities, thanks to cutting edge gaming technology.

Satellite technology helps commercial shipping industry reduce its carbon footprint
13 September 2019
Satellite technology helps commercial shipping industry reduce its carbon footprint

A UK company, partly supported by STFC’s business incubation programme, is developing ground-breaking technology that will help the shipping industry reduce its CO2 emissions and encourage the uptake of wind ships.

Probing the strange properties of hydrothermal water
12 August 2019
Probing the strange properties of hydrothermal water

Deep beneath our feet lies a hidden world where water is transformed into a superheated fluid that strips the very living rock of its chemicals and minerals. 

How a pigment might hold the key to cybernetic implants in humans
23 July 2019
How a pigment might hold the key to cybernetic implants in humans

A team of scientists working at ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (ISIS) are helping to make science fiction a reality by studying how a humble pigment present in humans and most living things, melanin, could be the key to implanting and integrating electronic devices into the human body.

Shock and awe: Unlocking the power of the Sun
22 July 2019
Shock and awe: Unlocking the power of the Sun

A project led by STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) is exploring the possibility of tapping the power of the Sun by creating a ‘star in a lab’.

Space balloons will end the hitchhiker ride through the galaxy for testing new technologies in space
20 June 2019
Space balloons will end the hitchhiker ride through the galaxy for testing new technologies in space

When Felix Baumgartner leapt into a supersonic freefall 24 miles high from the Red Bull Stratos balloon he set a world space-jump record. He was also the inspiration behind a pioneering start-up company.

Meet Namhla: She came to STFC's UK ATC in Edinburgh to learn how to build an observatory!
04 June 2019
Namhla Mabombo

The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh welcomes Namhla Mabombo.

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