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New centres to train tomorrow's scientists - Telegraph

New centres to train tomorrow's scientists - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Thousands of engineers and scientists to be trained at more than 70 new centres, David Willetts to announce today
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More national coverage of Willetts launching the £350 million EPSRC fund in the Telegraph. 

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Panorama: Energy Bills: Power Failure?

Panorama: Energy Bills: Power Failure? | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Tom Heap sorts the rhetoric from the reality in the politics of power bills.
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Chief Government Scientific Advisor Mark Walport, appears on this edpisode of Panorama, first shown on Monday. Sir Mark spoke to Tom Heap about the science behind climate change. 

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One giant leap for womankind? Minister claims Britain is backing push to put female astronaut on the moon, from Stevenage

One giant leap for womankind? Minister claims Britain is backing push to put female astronaut on the moon, from Stevenage | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Science minister David Willetts claims Britain will help bring the US, Europe and China together to establish a moon base and send a woman out to investigate.
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The Mail focused on the Minister's comments that it should be a female astronaut leading the next UK manned space mission. 

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'Britain and China could win Mars race by joining forces' | UK | News | Daily Express

'Britain and China could win Mars race by joining forces' | UK | News | Daily Express | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
A MAN will land on Mars within the next 30 years – with the UK spearheading the race.
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David Willetts's ambition to get a man or woman to Mars in the next 25 years has made headlines this week. 

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Funds for research with other nations

Funds for research with other nations | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The Chancellor George Osborne announces annual funding of £90m over five years for the UK to collaborate with emerging nations.
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More science coverage generated by the autumn statement this week, mentioning David Willetts.

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Higgs space tech centre to be built

Higgs space tech centre to be built | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
A new £11m space technology centre named after particle scientist Peter Higgs is to be built in Edinburgh.
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The new Higgs Centre, announced by the Chancellor, has received lots of positive coverage today. 

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UK businesses are 'failing to take cyber security seriously' - Telegraph

UK businesses are 'failing to take cyber security seriously' - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The UK’s largest companies are failing to take computer security into account in their decision making, warns Science Minister David Willetts
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More coverage following David Willetts's comments last week, that the UK's largest companies need to take computer security into account during their decision making. 

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Health News - Scientists identify key protein in communication between brain cells

Health News - Scientists identify key protein in communication between brain cells | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Scientists identify key protein in communication between brain cells
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BBSRC funded research has helped scientists identify a key protein in communication between brain cells. 

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Gloucestershire business Green Fuels heading to US Clean and Cool Mission in Colorado | Blog

Gloucestershire business Green Fuels heading to US Clean and Cool Mission in Colorado | Blog | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Gloucestershire business Green Fuels heading to US Clean and Cool Mission in Colorado
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The Technology Strategy Board had some good local coverage last week. 16 companies from around the UK will be travelling to the United States to promote clean and renewable technology.

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UK life sciences get shot in the arm - FT.com

UK life sciences get shot in the arm - FT.com | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
In an empty field on the southern outskirts of Cambridge, Pascal Soriot is overseeing investment in an ambitious new complex to reap the benefits of what he hopes is a vibrant future for the evolving British life sciences sector.
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The FT gave a positive overview of the future of the life sciences sector last week. 

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BBSRC mention: UK and India collaborating on algal bioenergy research

Over £4M of UK funding, with matching resources from India, has been awarded to three research projects that bring together expertise in...

Via BBSRC
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Some good coverage following Sir Mark Walport's trip to India last week. 

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New centres to train tomorrow's scientists - Telegraph

New centres to train tomorrow's scientists - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Thousands of engineers and scientists to be trained at more than 70 new centres, David Willetts to announce today
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More national coverage of Willetts launching the £350 million EPSRC fund in the Telegraph. 

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Independent Scotland's universities 'would lose out on UK research funding' - Telegraph

Independent Scotland's universities 'would lose out on UK research funding' - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
An independent Scotland’s universities could no longer apply for hundreds of millions of UK funding for scientific and medical research, the Government minster in charge of the sector has warned.
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More coverage following the Scotish Analysis Paper publication this week. 

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Cape Canaveral... in Wales!

Cape Canaveral... in Wales! | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Possible locations are also being considered in the West Country and Scotland, with the plans to launch one mission every month.
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More coverage from the report launch - this time focusing on the recommendation for the UK to open a space port by 2018. 

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G8 Dementia Summit: Leading nations pledge 'significant increase' in amount spent on research

G8 Dementia Summit: Leading nations pledge 'significant increase' in amount spent on research | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Leading nations have pledged to find a cure or an effective treatment for dementia by 2025.
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The G8 dementia summit attracted significant media attention this week, as did the Medical Research Council's funding  pledge, to find a cure or an effective treatment. 

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A small step for Stevenage, a giant leap for mankind – Telegraph Blogs

A small step for Stevenage, a giant leap for mankind – Telegraph Blogs | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
British universities and industries are at the cutting edge of a unified global space race Stevenage, we have a problem.
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An interesting blog highlighting the strength of the UK's space sector.

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Data to expose 'sleeping ice giant' - BBC

Data to expose 'sleeping ice giant' - BBC | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it

NERC supported scientists have finally begun mapping one of the least explored regions of Antarctica - the Recovery Catchment. The new survey data should reveal how this vast tract of ice in the east of the continent is likely to respond to a warming world. Recovery is currently perfectly stable, but any change could have significant global impact because it contains the equivalent of 2.5-3m of sea-level rise.The ICEGRAV project is trying to determine its vulnerabilities. "In some senses, this huge Antarctic feature is a sleeping giant," said Dr Fausto Ferraccioli from NERC's British Antarctic Survey.

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An interesting story about mapping Antarctica was featured on the BBC website today. The study is supported by NERC funded scientists. 

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Putting the UK at cutting edge of science

Putting the UK at cutting edge of science | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
THE Chancellor said Britain must “push the boundaries” of scientific endeavour to maintain its pioneering status and help businesses to compete on a global stage.
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The Yorkshire Post covered the new Higgs Centre too, as well as  some of the other science related funding annoucements in the autumn statement this year.

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Rothamsted Reasearch gets an aerial view of crops, thanks to BBSRC funding

Rothamsted Reasearch gets an aerial view of crops, thanks to BBSRC funding | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it

BBSRC has invested in an octocopter for Rothamsted Research to monitor agricultural crops and experiments as part of several genetic improvement projects.

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An Octocopter, funded by BBSRC, received coverage on NFU online this week. 

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Are you up to the food system challenge?

Are you up to the food system challenge? | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are calling for research proposals related to understanding the challenges of the food system.
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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are calling for researcg proposals related to understanding the challenges of the food system. Look out for more on this in the future. 

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Government innovation agency offers £1.5m to cybersecurity and digital start-ups

Government innovation agency offers £1.5m to cybersecurity and digital start-ups | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The government’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), today launched two new competitions that will allow cybersecurity and digital start-ups to compete for a total of £1.5 million.
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More good news generated by TSB last week, as a competition to help digital start-ups was announced.

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Government warns against lax cyber security at FTSE 350 firms

Government warns against lax cyber security at FTSE 350 firms | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Science minister David Willetts urges greater focus on cyber issues
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David Willetts urged businesses to take cyber security more seriously last week. 

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From carbon to condom: Scientists awarded grant to turn wonder material graphene into contraceptive

From carbon to condom: Scientists awarded grant to turn wonder material graphene into contraceptive | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Manchester University researchers have been awarded a £62,000 grant to turn the carbon material graphene into contraceptives, with a view to making condoms more popular.
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This was one of the more unusual science stories making headlines last week. 

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Universities get cash injection to train next generation in science and technology

Universities get cash injection to train next generation in science and technology | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Newcastle and Durham University have a share of around £10m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
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More good coverage on the EPSRC engineering fund launch, this time from the Journal in the North East of England. 

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Postgraduate training cash set out

Postgraduate training cash set out | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
More than 3,500 postgraduates will be trained in engineering and science under a £350m scheme announced by the government.
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David Willetts announced details of a £350 million fund to train postgraduates in engineering and the physical sciences last week. The announcement received lots of positive attention in the national, regional and trade press. 

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Scottish academics 'would lose billions in funding' after independence

Scottish academics 'would lose billions in funding' after independence | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Science minister warns Scotland's universities that their generous share of UK research grants would end if country separates
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David Willetts gave a press conference to launch the latest Scottish Analysis Paper earlier this week from the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. The paper focused on UK research funding.

 

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