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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.

Bringing the universe into focus
23 May 2019
Bringing the universe into focus

The BIG problem for telescopes looking into space from Earth is that the Earth’s atmosphere ‘blurs’ the view. It’s like when you look at the stars and they twinkle. 

World-first experiment brings good vibes for the atomic-scale 'toolbox'
09 May 2019
World-first experiment brings good vibes for the atomic-scale 'toolbox'

Our lives and technological progress rely increasingly on the design of new advanced materials. Thermoelectric materials are good examples of these, vital for anything from solar panels to electric cars, wearable clothing and microchips. 

Scientists create 'fibre-optic cables' from plasma hotter than the Sun's surface
30 April 2019
Scientists create 'fibre-optic cables' from plasma hotter than the Sun's surface

A team of scientists from Oxford, Liverpool, Maryland and the Central Laser Facility (CLF) have used the Astra Laser to develop an innovative way to keep laser beams focused over long distances. 

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