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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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New UK aerospace institute planned with £2bn backing - Telegraph

New UK aerospace institute planned with £2bn backing - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Britain is to open a new research centre to keep its aerospace industry world-class, backed by £2bn investment from business and Government over the next seven years.
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The graphene story: how playing with sticky tape changed the world

The graphene story: how playing with sticky tape changed the world | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The creation of graphene, a wonder material that promises to transform the future, is already the stuff of scientific legend.
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Machine that preserves liver outside body offers new hope to transplant patients - Telegraph

Machine that preserves liver outside body offers new hope to transplant patients - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
In a world first that could revolutionise organ transplantation, a British team has successfully kept donor livers alive outside the body on a new machine before giving them to patients.
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Organ Ox was spun out of the University of Oxford in 2008 and was visited by Vince Cable in February.

 

http://www.organox.com/news/65/196/OrganOx-founders-and-CEO-meet-with-Dr-Vince-Cable.html

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National Science and Engineering Week 2013 – video

TV presenter Dallas Campbell reports from London's Science Museum on National Science and Engineering Week, during which 10 days of events and activities will take place across the UK from 15 to 24 March...
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UK firm joins ocean mineral rush

UK firm joins ocean mineral rush | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
A new and controversial frontier in mining is opening up as a British firm joins a growing rush to exploit minerals in the depths of the oceans.
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Welcoming the announcement that UK Seabed Resources, in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has been awarded a licence and contract to explore a 58,000 sq kilometre area of the Pacific for mineral-rich polymetallic nodules, Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said:


"This exciting new partnership between the Government and Lockheed Martin's UK subsidiary demonstrates the best of British. It plays right to our strengths as a world leader in maritime engineering and deep water survey techniques.

"Rare earth metals are vital to many new innovations such as mobile phones and low carbon technologies. The UK is well placed to lead this first exploration step which could pave the way for us to be at the forefront of significant new commercial, engineering and economic opportunities."

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Funding boost for disease research

Funding boost for disease research | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The University of Dundee is awarded almost £1.7m to help its research into the causes of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
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This funding has been awarded to Professor Sir Philip Cohen, programme leader in the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation Unit at the University of Dundee.

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The man who gives away £600m a year

The man who gives away £600m a year | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Sir Mark Walport is leaving his role as Director of the Wellcome Trust to become the government's Chief Scientific Adviser. The Trust has spent £5.6bn during his tenure supporting the "brightest minds" in science.
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Vince Cable launches £150m smarter cities push

Vince Cable launches £150m smarter cities push | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
New London Catapult centre will aim to scale up smart technologies designed to cut emissions and enhance efficiency across the capital
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The Catapult will be initially funded by the Technology Strategy Board.

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£60m fund for Scots life science and technology firms - Management - Scotsman.com

£60m fund for Scots life science and technology firms - Management - Scotsman.com | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH life science companies and technology firms are to share in nearly £60 million of fresh investment that is due to be unveiled today by UK science minister David Willetts.
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UK and Kazakhstan agree collaboration in space | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference

UK and Kazakhstan agree collaboration in space | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
UK and Kazakhstan agree collaboration in space - SpaceRef
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David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said, "This agreement will see the UK and Kazakhstan working together on space activities with high growth potential, such as communications, navigation and Earth observation. It will foster innovation and encourage greater exchange of information and technology between our countries."

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Ash fungus genetic code unravelled

Ash fungus genetic code unravelled | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
British scientists decode the DNA of the fungus attacking Europe's ash trees, offering hope that a way of stopping the epidemic can be found.
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This research was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

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Imperial college unveils plans for new £1bn campus

Imperial college unveils plans for new £1bn campus | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Imperial College London today unveiled plans for a new £1 billion campus in west London.
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The campus received funding from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund.

 

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said: "Imperial is one of our country's great universities and the new Imperial West campus is a really exciting development. It will focus on translational work - on applying the excellent research that Imperial does to bring benefit to the wider world. The government strongly supports the vision and plans for the new campus and we look forward to seeing it grow and prosper in the future." 

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Instant laser test for breast cancer 'could cut costs and spare anxious wait for thousands of women' - Telegraph

Instant laser test for breast cancer 'could cut costs and spare anxious wait for thousands of women' - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Scientists are developing an instant laser test for breast cancer that could spare tens of thousands of women time and anxiety as well as cutting NHS costs, it was reported.
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The technique was developed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

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Net pioneers win engineering prize

Net pioneers win engineering prize | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Sir Tim Berners-Lee and other internet pioneers are the first recipients of the £1m Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
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Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

 

"I want to congratulate Engineers Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin, Tim Berners-Lee and Marc Andreessen on winning the first Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. This international group of five engineers are being celebrated for their contribution to creating the Internet and the World Wide Web, which have changed the way in which we do business. This is an example of how engineers change the world.


"Engineering sits at the heart of our long-term plan to build a knowledge based, high skilled economy. This is why I want to make sure the next decade is the decade of the engineer.


"We need to get more young men and women inspired by science and seeing engineering as an exciting career choice. The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering does just that by celebrating the success of ground-breaking, innovative engineers.

 

"Government and industry are working hard together to increase the number of opportunities in engineering. Over 59,000 people started an engineering apprenticeship in the last year; our talent retention scheme now has 534 companies signed up to ensure trained engineers and engineering students remain in the manufacturing sector, and we have recently joint funded 500 new Masters places in aeronautical engineering together with the manufacturers."

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STEM fair for youngsters starts with a Big Bang - E & T Magazine

STEM fair for youngsters starts with a Big Bang - E & T Magazine | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Thousands of school children descended on the ExCeL centre in London yesterday for a celebration of science and engineering.
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Life inside the VLT (Very Large Telescope) – video

The VLT, located in Chile, collects and focuses light from distant stars on to a detector, providing vital information about the universe and our place in it
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The UK is involved in the VLT through our subsciption to the European Southern Observatory and the work of the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

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The Importance of Science and Engineering Education to Our Society Is Ever-Growing

The Importance of Science and Engineering Education to Our Society Is Ever-Growing | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
It may not be a new message but it is one of ever-growing importance - scientists and engineers are vital to our economy and society.
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This blog by David Willetts talks about why scientists and engineers are vital to our economy and society. He also mentions the new higher apprenticeship in space engineering launched on Friday and how this will boost the UK's highly successful space industry.

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LHC cements Higgs boson identification

LHC cements Higgs boson identification | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider say the particle outlined in July 2012 looks increasingly to be a Higgs boson.
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New wave of 'superbugs' poses dire threat, says chief medical officer

New wave of 'superbugs' poses dire threat, says chief medical officer | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Warning over rising death toll as antibiotics fail to tackle rising incidence of 'gram negative' bacterial diseases
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Alma Telescope Will See Planets Being Born

Alma Telescope Will See Planets Being Born | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The world's most powerful telescope is to probe deeper into space than ever before as it becomes operational in a desert in Chile.
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"This inauguration marks an incredible achievement for UK scientists and engineers, who have been instrumental in making ALMA’s design and construction a success. Thanks to the UK’s investment in the project our world-class researchers will be part of a major international collaboration and remain at the very forefront of astronomy.”

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MP triggers homeopathy dispute at science committee

MP triggers homeopathy dispute at science committee | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
There is no case for further scientific investigation into the “manifestly nonsensical” mechanism by which homeopathy is supposed to work, the government’s outgoing chief scientific advisor has said.
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What Works policy advice centres unveiled by ministers

What Works policy advice centres unveiled by ministers | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Centres of expertise designed as resource for national and local policymakers to measure impact of government initiatives
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These centres are largely funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Antarctic ice volume measured

Antarctic ice volume measured | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Scientists have their best estimate yet for the amount of ice in Antarctica - 26-and-a-half-million cubic km.
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The British Antarctic Survey is part of the Bedmap Consortium leading this project.

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Life science firms to share £5.3m - Management - Scotsman.com

SCOTLAND’S life sciences sector has punched above its weight by grabbing a share of £5.3 million from the Technology Strategy Board and the Research Councils.
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Business News: Virtual world to help firms grow

Business News: Virtual world to help firms grow | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
COVENTRY will play a leading role in a £1.5million research project to help manufacturing firms transform their business models using games technology.
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