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A vibrant mix of small companies who have pitched their technologies and businessplans at a showcase event at Sci-Tech Daresbury are on their way to securing the funding they need to get their innovative ideas off the ground.
12 November 2013. We may not all be appreciating the extra hour of darkness in the evenings but for thousands of people across the UK this means more time for stargazing! New for this winter are 18 Dark Sky Discovery Sites - great places for observing the sky on a clear night (www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk). 71 such sites now exist in the UK and there are plenty of night sky spectacles to look out for this season.
The UK is leading the way in taking technologies developed at CERN, home to the world's largest science experiment, and translating those ideas and products into successful, profit-making companies that will make a positive impact on UK society and the economy.
Alistair Carmichael MP, the Secretary of State for Scotland, visited the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) with David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, on 11th November 2013.
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On Tuesday 5 November Gordon Birtwistle MP (Lib Dem, Burnley NW) visited Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to learn more about STFC's Apprenticeship Scheme and how it contributes highly skilled engineers to both the UK research base and the wider economy.
Research in nuclear physics encompasses a range of activities from fundamental theory through to studies directly relevant to the production of nuclear power. The research councils fund these activities through the RCUK Energy Programme, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Nuclear Physics Programme and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Research Base Funding.
Work starts this week (4 November 2013) on the next phase of development for what will soon be the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project. The latest stage of the project will see the UK taking a major role in contributing to the overall final design of the world's largest radio telescope. The SKA will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe by detecting radio waves with unprecedented sensitivity and image fidelity, helping answer ke
Research published in 2012 showed that the public want to know more about what goes on in animal research. Since then, the bioscience community has been creating a set of draft commitments to be more open about how and why it uses animals in research.
Astronomers have for the first time weighed an Earth-sized planet orbiting another star. Although measuring the radius of exoplanets is relatively straightforward, measuring the planet's mass - and therefore its density, a clue to its composition - is more difficult. The results from two independent teams published in Nature (30 October 2013), one of which included a number of UK astronomers, confirm Kepler-78b as the first known Earth-sized exoplanet with an Earth-like density.
Astronomers are putting their telescopes aside this week (30-31 October) to look at climate change and biodiversity as they come together with tropical forest researchers to look at how tropical forest changes affect global warming and species distribution.
Two UK-based organisations polishing complex mirror segments for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) have reached a key milestone that they hope will help secure them a share of a multi-million pound contract with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and lead to many new job opportunities.
Imaging study shows dopamine dysfunction is not the main cause of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
A study funded by the MRC and published in Brain today found administering methylphenidate to healthy volunteers, as well as those who exhibit symptoms of ADHD as adults, led to similar increases of the chemical dopamine in their brain.
Dr Jim Smith has been designated as the MRC Deputy Chief Executive and Chief of Strategy. He will take up the position from 1 April 2014 on the retirement of the current Deputy Chief Executive and Chief of Strategy Dr Wendy Ewart.
The Harwell Oxford campus is being developed as a leading location for science, technology and innovation, and has been recognised by government with enterprise zone status. The UK Atomic Energy Authority and STFC, both partners in the Joint Venture developing the campus, are now pleased to announce that, subject to final negotiations, they will be joined by a new private sector partner in the Joint Venture.
STFC-funded research published in Nature Communications this week (22 October 2013) shows not only was liquid water present on Mars much more recently than previously thought, but that it - and Martian rocks - may have played a significant role in changing the conditions on Mars. The findings could lead to new ways of reducing the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our own atmosphere
The lights are on, so somebodys home: imaging researchers pinpoint degrees of consciousness during anaesthesia
Researchers part funded by the MRC have shown that measuring slow-wave activity in an individuals brain while they are under anaesthetic offers the clearest picture yet of degrees of perceptual awareness in the brain during the period of anaesthesia.
The leading national event dedicated to high performance computing (HPC) is returning for its 24th year in 2013. The annual Machine Evaluation Workshop (MEW24) will take place on the 27th - 28th November at the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool.
A UK company has delivered a £300,000 contract to a high intensity laser facility in Romania - a hugely advanced set up which is expected to lead to major scientific breakthroughs with applications in oncology, X-ray and gamma-ray imaging. The contract was accepted thanks to support from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and has also led to further international business for the company.
Are you a PhD or post-doctoral researcher whose research program aims to make use of neutron scattering? Do you have little or no experience of neutron scattering? If so then we'd like you to apply to come to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) from 26th February to 6th March 2014, for the ISIS Neutron Training Course.