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The latest news on publicly-funded science, research and innovation from the Research Councils, Technology Strategy Board, UK Space Agency, universities and more. Also includes news from the Government Office for Science.
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BBC Radio 4 - Solar Max

BBC Radio 4 - Solar Max | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Astronomer Lucie Green looks at the dangers a solar superstorm could pose to us on Earth.
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Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts talks to astronomer Lucie Green about how the Government is managing the risk of space weather (interview starts at 24 minutes).

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Diabetes danger in just ONE sugary drink a day: Chance of developing Type 2 increases by a fifth

Diabetes danger in just ONE sugary drink a day: Chance of developing Type 2 increases by a fifth | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
A major study found the risk rose by as much as 22 per cent for every 12oz serving of sugar-sweetened drink – a typical can – consumed per day.
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The study was overseen by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

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UK science is 'underperforming'

UK science is 'underperforming' | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Sir Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society says that the government needs to do more to support science and innovation
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Business Secretary Vince Cable spoke to Today this morning about the importance of science and innovation to the economy.

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Dark matter could be next big discovery for Large Hadron Collider scientists - Telegraph

Dark matter could be next big discovery for Large Hadron Collider scientists - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Dark matter could be the next big discovery to come out of the Large Hadron Collider, learns Richard Gray on a tour into the depths of the machine as it undergoes a £70 million upgrade.
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UK to woo Latin American students

UK to woo Latin American students | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
UK ministers travel to Latin American to try to attract potential students to come and study in British universities.
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Genetically modified crops needed to 'feed the world,' says Government's chief scientific advisor Mark Walport

Genetically modified crops needed to 'feed the world,' says Government's chief scientific advisor Mark Walport | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The case for genetically modified (GM) food is getting stronger because of its importance as a tool to feed a growing global population, according to the Government’s new chief scientific adviser.
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Professor Sir Kenneth Murray - Telegraph

Professor Sir Kenneth Murray - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Professor Sir Kenneth Murray, who has died aged 82, developed the first vaccine against viral hepatitis B and thus saved countless lives worldwide.
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REF alternative delivers similar outcome for QR funding

REF alternative delivers similar outcome for QR funding | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Report says distribution would change little if based on institutions’ research council income
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Article > CT Catapult and UKSCF team up to advance stem-cell therapies

Article > CT Catapult and UKSCF team up to advance stem-cell therapies | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
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Test-tube baby pioneer dies, aged 87

Test-tube baby pioneer dies, aged 87 | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Professor Sir Robert Edwards, whose work led to the world's first test-tube baby in 1978, dies at the age of 87.
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MI5 warns universities on cyber spying - FT.com

MI5 warns universities on cyber spying - FT.com | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
UK security services have warned universities to be more vigilant in protecting themselves against cyber attacks by foreign powers seeking to poach intellectual property at the frontier of science and technology.
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The article identifies graphene, aerospace engineering and quantum computing as potential target areas for cyber attacks.

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Science 'javelins' spear Antarctic

Science 'javelins' spear Antarctic | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
UK researchers develop an air-dropped projectile to put instruments in some of the most inaccessible places in Antarctica.
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We cannot afford to keep research results locked away in ivory towers

We cannot afford to keep research results locked away in ivory towers | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
David Willetts: Opening up British research may seem obvious. But it is not just inertia that blocks this
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Space debris must be cleared, warn European experts - video

European Space Agency says space debris must be removed to prevent destruction of operational spacecrafts and satellites
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Cyber Attacks On UK Businesses 'Soaring'

Cyber Attacks On UK Businesses 'Soaring' | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
British firms are increasingly falling victim to cyber crimes, with almost all large and small business affected in the past year.
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Business Secretary Vince Cable talks to Sky News about why businesses need to take cyber secuity seriously.

 

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UK trails in march of the robots - FT.com

UK trails in march of the robots - FT.com | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The spinning mule was a pivotal element in the industrial revolution, destroying the labour-intensive cottage spinning industry and turning Britain into a textiles superpower.
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Mentions the 'eight great technologies' and the Government's £35 million investment in robotics and autonomous systems from the 2012 Autumn Statement.

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Bright stars at night, snapper's delight: British doctor's stunning shots of skies over South Georgia made into stamps

Bright stars at night, snapper's delight: British doctor's stunning shots of skies over South Georgia made into stamps | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Dr Samantha Crimmin can thank her lucky stars for seeing her stunning photographs of the night sky turned into stamps. The images were taken while the amateur photographer was working in South Georgia.
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BBC Radio 4 - World at One, 18/04/2013 - interview with Mark Walport

BBC Radio 4 - World at One, 18/04/2013 - interview with Mark Walport | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
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BBSRC's curator insight, April 18, 2013 12:37 PM

Mark Walport’s first interview about providing ministers with scientific advice - listen from 09:00

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Two million children at risk of measles - Telegraph

Two million children at risk of measles - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Up to two million schoolchildren could be at risk of measles due to the MMR vaccine scare, doctors have warned.
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Mentions Sir Mark Walport's views on the importance of MMR vaccination and how the science was communicated.

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Warming warning as Antarctic ice melts away

Warming warning as Antarctic ice melts away | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Ice is melting on the Antarctic Peninsula at the fastest rate in more than 1,000 years, new research shows.And while temperatures have been rising on the peninsula since the 1400s, ice-melt levels...
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STFC lab wins major Czech contract

STFC lab wins major Czech contract | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Scientists in the UK have won a major Czech research contract worth £10 million to develop laser technology.
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Record donor funds for universities

Record donor funds for universities | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Universities in the UK were given a record amount in philanthropic donations last year, research suggests.
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Forget women at the top, business must work harder to appeal to school girls - Telegraph

Forget women at the top, business must work harder to appeal to school girls - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
For all the talk of women on boards - or the lack of - Louisa Peacock argues the real challenge lies in encouraging school girls to study for a career in industry.
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The article talks about the importance of attracting girls to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

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More 'studio schools' announced

More 'studio schools' announced | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Thirteen new "studio schools" are to be set up in England for pupils aged 14 and over, combining academic studies and work-based training.
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Will civil service reform improve Whitehall's use of expert advice?

Will civil service reform improve Whitehall's use of expert advice? | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Jill Rutter: David Cameron has radical plans to reform Whitehall. What will this mean for its use of expert advice?
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