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2013 a space policy: Britain gives £2bn sector lift-off

2013 a space policy: Britain gives £2bn sector lift-off | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Addressing well over 100 of Britain's most enterprising engineers, brilliant boffins and smartest start-up sensations, Science Minister David Willetts harks back to a bygone regime that ruled by the gun.
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David Willetts helped launch the Space Growth Action Plan this week. The report has attracted significant attention. We were particularly impressed with the Independent headline, 2013: A Space Policy. 

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BBSRC funded: Meat detector that distinguishes between beef and horsemeat is unveiled

BBSRC funded: Meat detector that distinguishes between beef and horsemeat is unveiled | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it

Oxford Instruments and the BBSRC-funded Institute of Food Research have developed a machine that can identify meat before it is processed. Retailers will soon be able to distinguish almost instantly between beef and horsemeat in products, thanks to a bench-top device built by British engineers.

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Another BBSRC funded project made the papers this week. Horsemeat is still a hot topic and this innovative product should help bring back confidence to wary consumers. 

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'Switched-off' gene boost in battle against skin cancer

'Switched-off' gene boost in battle against  skin cancer | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH scientists have ­developed a technique that could lead to a simple blood test being used to identify patients whose skin cancer has started to spread to other parts of the body.
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Positive coverage for Scottish science this week - the MRC helped fund this study. 

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Launch of EPSRC awards recognising inspirational scientists and engineers

Launch of EPSRC awards recognising inspirational scientists and engineers | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council., , , , To celebrate the incredible innovation that has taken place over recent decades and, in particular, the researchers who have led that innovation,...
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The EPSRC will be celebrating their 20th anniversary next year by launching the RISE awards!  Look out for more on this in the near future!

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Milton Keynes Pioneers Driverless Car Scheme

Milton Keynes Pioneers Driverless Car Scheme | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
An initial batch of 20 pods running on lanes separated from pedestrians could be operational by 2015.
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Another great piece of coverage on driverless cars including video provided by BIS Press Office. 

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British scientists discover reindeer eyes change colour from gold to blue over course of the seasons

British scientists discover reindeer eyes change colour from gold to blue over course of the seasons | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it

Scientists have discovered that reindeer eyes change colour from gold to blue over the course of the year – the first time this has ever been shown to happen in mammals. Scientists have discovered that reindeer eyes change colour from gold to blue over the course of the year – the first time this has ever been shown to happen in mammals. The most recent study, published yesterday, was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council – one of the seven members of the Government-backed Research Councils UK group"

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BBSRC funded research in the Independent.

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Driverless cars: Milton Keynes pavements will be filled with driverless cars within two years

Driverless cars: Milton Keynes pavements will be filled with driverless cars within two years | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
GPS technology will enable the battery-driven two-person “pods” to steer round objects, people and each other as part of a
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Story inculdes both a Vince Cable and David Willetts quote.

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UK spooks recruit fund houses over cyber attacks - FT.com

UK spooks recruit fund houses over cyber attacks - FT.com | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
UK government intelligence agents have held a series of meetings with large asset managers in an attempt to counter the mounting threat from cyber attacks.
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Story about BIS's work with asset managers to battle cyber crime.

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Tackling UK's increasing landslides - BBC

Tackling UK's increasing landslides - BBC | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it

Geologists from NERC's British Geological Survey have been measuring landslides across the UK for almost 30 years and have created a database of every landslide reported.

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Another great project from NERC getting coverage

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Make IT Better: Supercomputing skills vital to power UK economic growth

Make IT Better: Supercomputing skills vital to power UK economic growth | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Nvidia's Sumit Gupta writes for V3 as part of our Make IT Better campaign
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A nice mention of David Willetts's drive to promote the eight great technologies in this article focusing on how important supercomputing is to UK economic growth. 

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UK ‘overtakes Japan’ on Chinese collaboration

UK ‘overtakes Japan’ on Chinese collaboration | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The UK has overtaken Japan to become China’s second most prolific research collaborator.
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The Times Higher Education's take on the news that the UK has overtaken Japan to become China's second most prolific research collaborator. 

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I Can't Get You Out of My Head named as catchiest tune - Telegraph

I Can't Get You Out of My Head named as catchiest tune - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Kylie Minogue’s I Can’t Get You Out of My Head has been named as the catchiest tune in the largest ever experiment of its kind.
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David Willetts voted 'Perpetuum Mobile' by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra as his catchiest tune to promote the citizen science experiment #Hooked. 

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"How the British Geological Survey are using technology to predict landslides in the region -- BBC One Inside Out East Midlands

"How the British Geological Survey are using technology to predict landslides in the region -- BBC One Inside Out East Midlands | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it

A closer look at stories from around the East Midlands and on 21/10/2013: How the British Geological Survey are using technology to predict landslides in the region

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A fascinating look at how the British Geological Survey are using new technologies to predict landslides.

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Gannet cameras shed light on birds' behaviour - Guardian

Gannet cameras shed light on birds' behaviour  - Guardian | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it

University of Exeter and RSPB scientists attach miniature cameras to gannets nesting on Grassholm nature reserve in Wales. Steve Votier is a NERC funded scientist, and this story was featured on Planet Earth in March: http://planetearth.nerc.ac.uk/news/story.aspx?id=1389

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The Guardian picked up on a NERC funded project this week. The study involves attaching cameras to birds to more closely observe their behaviour.

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Countryfile: Crowd sourcing science

Countryfile: Crowd sourcing science | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
From the spread of Spanish slugs to disease resistant ash trees, Tom Heap is finding out why more and more organisations are using the public to gather and analyse huge amounts of information about the countryside. But can people power ever be as effective as the work of trained professionals?

 

BBSRC funded projects feature heavily: http://news.jic.ac.uk/2013/10/slugwatch/

 http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/fundamental-bioscience/2013/130813-pr-gamers-to-join-ash-dieback-fight-back.aspx

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A BBSRC funded crowd sourcing project was mentioned on Countryfile at the weekend. Citizen science is a really interesting concept and I'm sure we will be hearing more about it in the months ahead. 

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Urine for a big shock as robot runs off wee

Urine for a big shock as robot runs off wee | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
It may sound like scientists are taking the pee... but they claim to have created robots powered by urine.
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One of the more light hearted science stories to get coverage this week!

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Nerc unveils doctoral training partnership network

Nerc unveils doctoral training partnership network | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Research council reveals details of its scheme for PhD provision
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The Natural Environment Research Council pro-actively placed this story on funding for PhD provision in the Times Higher this week. 

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UK town to get driverless cars

UK town to get driverless cars | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Driverless cars will be tested for the first time in a UK town after £1.5m is made available from the government.
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The driverless cars story has been huge this week. All of the coverage has been really positive following Vince Cable's visit to Milton Keynes where the new 'pods' will run from 2015. 

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Search : David Willetts | Anglia - ITV News

Search : David Willetts | Anglia - ITV News | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Get all the latest on David Willetts from the Anglia with ITV News.
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A round-up of the Minister's latest science-focused appearances on ITV Anglia.

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Baldness cure a 'step closer'

Baldness cure a 'step closer' | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Scientists have moved a step closer to banishing bald spots and reversing receding hairlines after human hair was grown in the laboratory.
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Research on hair-loss, which was part funded with taxpayers' money, hit the headlines! 

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Migrant farm labourers 'like a scene from a Van Gogh painting' - Telegraph

Migrant farm labourers 'like a scene from a Van Gogh painting' - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Britain's outdated farming practices are reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting, the Science Minister has claimed, with armies of eastern European labourers required to sift through potatoes and turnips by hand.
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Interview with The Telegraph following David Willetts' Bledisloe lecture at the Royal Agricultural University.

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Secrets of the dino-titans revealed - BBC

Secrets of the dino-titans revealed - BBC | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it

University of Manchester researchers have now made a digital Argentinosaurus robot to work out how this 80-tonne monster would have moved its vast bulk.

The study discussed in this article was funded by NERC (See here:http://www.ploscollections.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0078733;jsessionid=5F864F7C31D18A2E36F3474FE526F1FB), and Bill Sellers who is quoted in the article is a NERC funded researcher.  

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This study was funded by BIS through the Natural Environment Research Council. 

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UK spending on research drops behind China | City A.M.

UK spending on research drops behind China | City A.M. | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
CHINA is spending six times more on the iterative development phase of innovation than the UK – $500m (£313m) a day – according to a repo
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More coverage of David Willetts's visit to China. 

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Citizens and science in a greener China

Citizens and science in a greener China | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Adrian Ely and David Tyfield: As China and the UK seek to collaborate more closely in science and innovation, there are lessons they can share about how to govern and debate new technologies
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An academic perspective on David Willett's visit to China on the Guardian Political Science blog. How should the UK and China seek to collaborate more closely in science and innovation?

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China: Opportunity and risk for hi-tech firms

China: Opportunity and risk for hi-tech firms | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
A new report calls for China to be seen as a land of scientific opportunity not a black hole of intellectual theft and cybercrime
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Further coverage following David Willetts visit to China this week. The Minister launched the NESTA report which examines opportunities for collaborative UK/China working in the science and innovation sector. 

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