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.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh welcomes Namhla Mabombo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Last updated: 18 February 2016