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Stargazing at RAL
22 February 2016
Stargazing at RAL

It’s 5:30pm on a cold and overcast February Friday night. But that doesn’t stop over 500 revellers wrapping up and coming to STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) for the ‘Stargazing at RAL’ event, an evening of science, exploration and delicious onion bhaji burgers.

Gravitational waves: Opening our ears to the Universe
16 February 2016
Gravitational waves: Opening our ears to the Universe

On Thursday 11 February 2016, an international team of scientists announced the first-ever detection of gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of space-time predicted by Einstein a century ago.

Graphene
16 November 2015
Graphene

Graphene is a 2D carbon crystal, which means that it is only one atom thick. It’s a million times thinner than a piece of paper, and yet it’s stronger than steel and conducts electricity better than copper. At the same time it’s flexible, and stretchy, and can be rolled up into carbon nanotubes. Science and industry alike are very excited about its potential.

Will you find your sandwich fulfilling?
12 November 2015
Will you find your sandwich fulfilling?

It’s bad enough when you finish your sandwich at lunch time, and still feel hungry - imagine if you left your student sandwich placement feeling the same way.  Sign up for something you can really get your teeth into, by applying for a placement with STFC.

Lasers light the way to quicker cancer diagnosis
12 November 2015
Lasers light the way to quicker cancer diagnosis

Space-age laser science could save thousands of people a worrying wait for breast cancer test results. The original concept was developed at our Central Laser Facility and applied to cancer diagnosis in partnership with Prof Nicholas Stone (Exeter University), a pioneering technique that can safely and non-invasively analyse tissue deep below the skin could allow abnormalities detected during mammograms to be investigated there and then.

Halloween special
31 October 2015
Halloween special

We're serious scientists here at STFC - we believe in facts, not magic. But since it's Halloween, we've handed over to a team of undead editors with a vested interest in the seriously spooky. You might want to make sure the lights are on before you start reading....

Advanced materials
21 October 2015
Advanced materials

STFC scientists are actively researching in all of these areas, which are big data, agri-science, satellites, robotics and autonomous systems, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine, energy storage, and advanced materials.

Boulby: UK Science's Deep Underground Laboratory
18 September 2015
Boulby: UK Science's Deep Underground Laboratory

Boulby is a special place for science, the deep underground environs enabling a diverse range of studies from astro/particle physics to studies of geology, geophysics, climate, the environment, life on Earth and beyond.

Agri-science and Agri-tech
17 September 2015
Agri-science and Agri-tech

The eight great technologies are: big data, satellites, robotics and autonomous systems, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine, advanced materials, energy storage, and agri-science.

Understanding the weather
04 September 2015
Understanding the weather

If there’s one thing that can make or break our time off, it’s the weather. We certainly seem to have a lot of it, and it can seem like the forecast never brings us what we want.

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