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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!

National Apprentice Week! 4-8 March 2019
28 February 2019
National Apprentice Week! 4-8 March 2019

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) offers a fantastic start to a career, with our highly reputable Apprentice Training Scheme. Our apprentices receive professional training and hands-on learning while working on some of the most exciting research, engineering and computing facilities.

Polar bears inspire paint that's all white for the environment
13 February 2019
Polar bears inspire paint that's all white for the environment

Scientists working at ISIS Neutron and Muon Source are studying polar bear fur to see what it can re-veal about a mechanism found in nature called structural colouration, which is able to create colour without using pigments.

World-class target fabricator creates tiny masterpieces
22 January 2019
World-class target fabricator creates tiny masterpieces

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) has high-power lasers that can hit targets with enough energy they instantly turn from a solid, stable matter into plasma- the forth state of matter.

How big data is changing engineering
20 December 2018
How big data is changing engineering

We often take for granted that things like clean water, electricity, broadband networks, trains and roads will always be available to us.

The legacy and next steps of engineering – reviewing some of STFC's biggest achievements
20 December 2018
The legacy and next steps of engineering – reviewing some of STFC's biggest achievements

As we draw to a close on the Year of Engineering, we take a look back at some of STFC’s biggest engineering highlights.

Ada Lovelace – An inspiration to the next generation, the first computer programmer
10 December 2018
Ada Lovelace – An inspiration to the next generation, the first computer programmer

Today 10th December, is the birthday of one of our most inspirational female computer programmers, Ada Lovelace.

Keeping an ion future particle accelerators
03 December 2018
Keeping an ion future particle accelerators

A team of physicists, working at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, have built a ‘particle accelerator simulator’ that, instead of being many miles in diameter, can fit on a desktop.

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