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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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Robot Car UK set to rival Google's driverless-car project

Robot Car UK set to rival Google's driverless-car project | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Sitting in the passenger seat as your driver lifts his arms away from the wheel and gleefully says "look, no hands" should be an unsettling experience.
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The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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Professor awarded medical medal

Professor awarded medical medal | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
A University of Dundee professor is to be awarded one of the most prestigious awards in medical research.
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LHC wraps up antimatter 'flip' story

LHC wraps up antimatter 'flip' story | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider have witnessed particles called D-mesons flipping from matter into antimatter and back.
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Short Sharp Science: Giant laser creates an artificial star to clear the sky

Short Sharp Science: Giant laser creates an artificial star to clear the sky | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
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Marvellous microscopy

Marvellous microscopy | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Earlier this week we announced the Next Generation Optical Microscopy Initiative, £25.5m for scientists to push the boundaries of microscopy. But what kinds of images were they capturing before thi...
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David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said:

“These substantial funding awards will bring together the UK’s world-class research base and industry to keep our life sciences sector at the forefront of discovery. Through exploring innovative new uses for microscopy they will improve our understanding of disease and ultimately deliver benefits for patients.”

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Government to scrap patent laws on drug trials - Telegraph

Government to scrap patent laws on drug trials  - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The Government is scrapping patent restrictions on the testing of new drugs and treatments in a bid speed up the process of getting British medicines to market.
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Pupils urged to look into benefits of research | Herald Scotland

Pupils urged to look into benefits of research | Herald Scotland | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
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This initiative is funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK).

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Former Virgin executive to head centre - FT.com

Former Virgin executive to head centre - FT.com | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Will Whitehorn, a former senior Virgin Group executive, is to chair a government innovation centre being created to devise integrated transport systems for export in a global market predicted to be worth £900bn by 2025.
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Building cities of the future now

Building cities of the future now | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
A profile of technologically advanced cities from around the world which offer blueprints for the way we may live in the future.
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Interesting BBC feature on cities of the future. Mentions the Technology Strategy Board's Future Cities Demonstrator project - David Willetts recently announced that Glasgow had been selected to receive £24 million of government investment (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/24-million-investment-will-make-glasgow-a-city-of-the-future).

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Research matters: Innovation is driven by people like you

Innovation is a frequently used word. But sometimes, if you are starting out on a career in research, it may be difficult to see how you might be considered a driver of it.

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One small step for Dundee as university joins mission to Mercury

One small step for Dundee as university joins mission to Mercury | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Star-Dundee – an offshoot of the University of Dundee – has produced hardware called SpaceWire that will be fundamental to a new space probe's trip to closest planet to the sun
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Gadgets to help the elderly developed by Scottish universities

Gadgets to help the elderly developed by Scottish universities | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Vibrating wristband and a reminder bowl among new tech created by MultiMemoHome project.
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This research was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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Time to harness the potential of scientists and engineers in government

Time to harness the potential of scientists and engineers in government | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Sir John Beddington's recommendations should be integrated into the civil service capability plan, argues Sue Ferns
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UK commits £88m to Chilean telescope 'as big as all existing ones put together'

UK commits £88m to Chilean telescope 'as big as all existing ones put together' | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), costing more than €1bn, will capture the universe's earliest moments
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New research shows city-dwellers lack focus | Eastlondonlines

New research shows city-dwellers lack focus | Eastlondonlines | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
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This research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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£45 million for manufacturing research announced - E & T Magazine

£45 million for manufacturing research announced - E & T Magazine | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
A £45 million package of investments in manufacturing research could soften the news of continued pay freezes in the sector.
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Crick's letter about DNA discovery to be sold at auction | Reuters

Crick's letter about DNA discovery to be sold at auction | Reuters | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A letter by Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of DNA, outlining the Nobel Prize-winning achievement to his young son is expected to fetch as much as $2 million when it is sold at auction...
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Mind of its own: building a human brain - Telegraph

Mind of its own: building a human brain - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
A machine capable of thinking for itself and expressing emotion is being developed in Switzerland
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Interesting feature about the Human Brain Project, one of the first two successful proposals selected as an EU Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) flagship project. It will involve a range of UK universities.

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Bloodhound diary: Fin-tastic work in progress

Bloodhound diary: Fin-tastic work in progress | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Engineers get to grips with the design and build of the fin that will be needed to stabilise the Bloodhound supercar as it moves at 1,000mph.
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Self-destructing satellites to tackle space junk - Top stories - Scotsman.com

Self-destructing satellites to tackle space junk - Top stories - Scotsman.com | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
INFLATABLE satellites which fall harmlessly back to Earth once their mission has been completed are being developed in Scotland to help cut down the amount of “space junk” in the upper atmosphere.
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India, UK signed agreements to develop community colleges and strengthen education sector - The Times of India

India, UK signed agreements to develop community colleges and strengthen education sector - The Times of India | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
India and United Kingdom signed two MoUs to promote development of community colleges and implementation of School Leadership Programme on Wednesday.
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These agreements were signed during the Prime Minister's trade visit to India. David Willetts was also on the visit.

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Deepest undersea vents discovered

Deepest undersea vents discovered | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
British scientists exploring the ocean floor in the Caribbean have discovered an "astounding" set of hydrothermal vents, the deepest anywhere in the world.
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This research was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

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Partnership puts computational science at the heart of Unilever's R&D | STFC

Partnership puts computational science at the heart of Unilever's R&D | STFC | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Hartree Unilever
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Interview: Sir John Beddington

Interview: Sir John Beddington | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
When John Beddington became the government’s chief scientific adviser, many departments didn’t employ an influential science champion. But now, he tells
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Glasgow wins 'smart city' cash

Glasgow wins 'smart city' cash | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
A £24m prize to create a city of the future has been won by Glasgow, which will now become a test bed for smart technologies.
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This project is funded by the Technology Strategy Board.

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