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From Red Mars To Green Earth
2014-04-15 13:36:50

ESA How can a sensor for analyzing the atmosphere of Mars help us to cut greenhouse emissions on Earth? By going where no human or machine has been before. Parts of our planet are so hostile they are unreachable. But if we are to understand Earth’s atmosphere it is vital we monitor factors such as gases around industrial chimneys and erupting volcanoes. A new portable device created by the young space scientist Hugh Mortimer promises a greener future by readily analyzing the...

European Astronomy Journalism Prize 2013 Expanded
2013-06-04 11:11:21

Science and Technology Facilities Council The European Astronomy Journalism Prize 2013 launched today has been expanded to now include entries from Europe and South America. The competition is run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), in conjunction with the Association of British Science Writers and the Royal Astronomical Society. “Astronomy is a global research discipline, and excites and inspires millions of...

New Insights Into The Birth And Evolution Of Stars Provided By Gamma Ray Camera
2013-02-05 11:08:45

Science and Technology Facilities Council A major step forward in our understanding of the structure and behavior of some of the most elusive atomic nuclei in existence, some of which occur only briefly on the surface of exploding stars, is now taking place thanks to the first experiments to come from the new Advanced Gamma Tracking Array (AGATA). AGATA has been developed by the STFC´s Nuclear Physics Group, and a group of UK Universities funded by STFC, with the aim of studying...

First European Astronomy Journalism Prize Winners Announced
2012-09-05 16:54:16

The winner of the first European Astronomy Journalism Prize, designed to help inspire the next generation of researchers has been announced today (5 September 2012) at a reception in the House of Commons. Katia Moskvitch from the BBC was announced as the winner and awarded a trip to Chile, by a panel of judges representing the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) who ran the competition, together with the Royal Astronomical Society and...

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2012-06-03 07:34:02

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) recently expressed deep regret at the decision of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to end support for two major astronomical telescopes. The decision, a consequence of ongoing real terms cuts to the UK science budget by the Government, will almost certainly see the Hawaii-based UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) cease operations in the autumn of 2013 and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) do the same a year later, with the loss of...

2011-07-05 23:01:22

A scientific advance in renewable energy which promises a revolution in the ease and cost of using solar cells, has been announced today, Monday 4 July 2011. A new study shows that even when using very simple and inexpensive manufacturing methods - where flexible layers of material are deposited over large areas like cling-film - efficient solar cell structures can be made. The study, published in the Journal Advanced Energy Materials, paves the way for new solar cell manufacturing techniques...

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2011-05-13 09:55:00

MPs said that deep-funding cuts put the U.K.'s prominence in astronomy and particle physics at risk. The Science and Technology Committee said astronomy funding will drop 20 percent over a four year period. MPs said some of the resulting cuts are likely to deter scientists from working in the U.K. The government said it has protected the science budget but is not able to make individual funding decisions. Committee chairman Labor MP Andrew Miller told BBC:  "If you don't invest in big...

2011-02-04 12:41:10

Scientists continuing to investigate a 50 year mystery have discovered another vital clue that could help pave the way for improved medicines. The results feature in a special edition of Nature celebrating the International Year of Chemistry. The findings reveal an important insight into the way carbohydrates (sugars) bond and this will influence the way drugs are designed in the future. Using specialist laser equipment from the EPSRC-funded Laser Loan Pool managed by STFC's Central Laser...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'