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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. 

Lowering tech barriers to make advanced computing accessible
12 April 2019
Lowering tech barriers to make advanced computing accessible

High powered computers are a vital tool for scientists, researchers and academics who use software to simulate real-life situations. It can be used in the development of everything from medication to cars.

The future of astronomy: three BIG reasons to be excited
11 April 2019
The future of astronomy: three BIG reasons to be excited

Astronomers learning about the Universe need big and powerful telescopes to see deep into space – to observe regions never seen before – to reveal the secrets of how the Universe has evolved, and tell us why it is the way it is today. 

Aquajet: the space thruster that runs on water
04 April 2019
Aquajet: the space thruster that runs on water

The UK Space Agency has awarded a consortium that includes ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (ISIS) a £560,000 grant to develop an innovative new spacecraft propulsion system that runs on the ultimate ‘green’ propellant: water. 

Time to shine – the women taking laser tech to the next level
01 March 2019
Time to shine – the women taking laser tech to the next level

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we spoke to some of the women in our Central Laser Facility (CLF) and their routes into laser science.

Smaller, Faster, Cheaper!
01 March 2019
Smaller, Faster, Cheaper!

As particle accelerators get larger, and particle physicists seek ever-higher energies for their particle beams, an international team of researchers is experimenting with a radical new design for future accelerators, and it involves a laser!

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