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Shared Planet, Soil Science - BBC Radio 4

Shared Planet, Soil Science - BBC Radio 4 | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it

The programme features Dr Helaina Black, an ESPA scientist. ESPA is jointly funded by NERC, DFID and ESRC as part of the LWEC programme. It links to the ESPA Alter project

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ESPA scientist Helaina Black (ESPA receives funding from NERC) featured on a Radio 4 programme on Soil Science this week. 

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Willetts announces latest research investment fund money

Willetts announces latest research investment fund money | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The last three universities to benefit from the current round of the government’s Research Partnership Investment Fund have been announced.
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As part of David Willetts's Mountbatten lecture on the eight great technologies this week he announced the last three universities to benefit from the research Partnership Investment Fund. Read more here...

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Scottish scientists in £20m ocean climate study

Scottish scientists in £20m ocean climate study | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
MARINE scientists from Scotland are to play a major role in an international research team working on a groundbreaking £20 million study to monitor the crucial ocean currents in the North Atlantic that shape Britain’s climate.
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Another good piece in the Scotsman here. As part of David Willetts's Mountbatten lecture he annouced funding for an interesting climate research project that will help us better understand British weather patterns. 

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Princess to name £75m Discovery research ship

Princess to name £75m Discovery research ship | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
IT has been years in the making, cost £75m and will transport top scientists around the world from right here in Southampton.
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The Princess Royal named the new Royal Research Ship - RRS Discovery at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton yesterday. David Willetts was also in attendance. The ship received a £75 million investment from NERC via BIS. 

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Queen's University Belfast named as £7m 'big data' centre in UK-wide research programme - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Queen's University Belfast named as £7m 'big data' centre in UK-wide research programme - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Northern Ireland has been chosen as one of four UK locations to host a new £7m 'big data' centre – to analyse the equivalent of 150,000 iPads worth of information produced in the
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David Willetts gave the Mountbatten lecture at the Royal Insitution this week and one of the key funding annoucements was for this new 'big data' centre in Belfast. The £7 million boost was led by the ESRC.

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Newsnight: 24/09/2013

Newsnight: 24/09/2013 | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Labour want to freeze energy prices, will it work? With Jeremy Paxman.
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This episode of Newsnight from last week features NERC scientists talking about climate change and the IPCC report.

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Maritime Journal - New NERC research vessel named

Maritime Journal - New NERC research vessel named | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
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Expect to see more on this story over the coming weeks - the new NERC research vessel has been named 'Discovery.'

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Willetts ends ELQ rule for part-time engineering and tech degrees

Willetts ends ELQ rule for part-time engineering and tech degrees | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Fee loans will be offered to students studying engineering and technology part time as second degrees in a bid to attract more women to the subjects.
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David Willetts announced £400 million investment as part of a strategy to encourage women to study the sciences this week.

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Poultry research centre helps lead the world

Poultry research centre helps lead the world | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The importance of Scotland to world poultry production was stressed by UK government universities and science minister David Willetts yesterday at the opening of the National Avian Research Facility (NARF) at the University of Edinburgh’s Easter...
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Coverage of David Willett opening the National Avian Research Facility (NARF) in Edinburgh last week.

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How best to tackle climate change | The Times

How best to tackle climate change | The Times | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Even if emissions were significantly reduced, levels of CO2 in the atmosphere would increase
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(Behind paywall) A Letter to The Times on Mark Walport's comments on climate change.

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BBC News - Tomorrow's Cities

BBC News - Tomorrow's Cities | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Tomorrow's Cities
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BBC Features on Smart Cities.

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New drug therapy could help millions

Millions of people could get a better quality of life thanks to a revolutionary new therapy devised by scientists in Yorkshire.
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The cash for research and development from the Government’s Technology Strategy Board will enable CrystecPharma, a crystal and particle engineering company linked to Bradford University, to develop its innovative therapy.

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£125,000 prize for gaming start-ups - Telegraph

£125,000 prize for gaming start-ups  - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Technology heavyweights Google, Intel and Sony have pledged £125,000 to a new initiative to help young gaming companies.
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The initiative is being run by IC Tomorrow, a branch of Vince Cable’s Technology Strategy Board, which focuses on connecting start-ups and SMEs with leading commercial partners and investors.

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Universities given China grant boost

Universities given China grant boost | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it

Five universities have received grants totalling £124,000 so they can work with scientists in China.

 

Universities in Nottingham, Manchester, Warwick, Edinburgh and London are benefiting from the Synthetic Biology China Partnering Award.

 

It comes from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Councils.

 

Meanwhile, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is providing a further £124,000 to researchers in China.

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Great coverage from the BBSRC following the Government drive this week to boost UK/China science and innovation relationships. 

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Alzheimer's find is 'turning point'

Alzheimer's find is 'turning point' | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
A chemical which can stop brain cell death in a neurodegenerative disease could hold the key for treating Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntingdon's diseases, scientists say.
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This was one of the top stories of the week - the very exciting news that scientists have discovered that a chemical which can stop brain cell death in a neurodegenerative disease. The discovery was made in the UK and received Medical Research Council backing. 

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£70m to cultivate hi-tech farming | The Times

£70m to cultivate hi-tech farming | The Times | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Vegetables engineered with enhanced medicinal properties and crop-harvesting robots will be accelerated into British farms
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The £70 million Agri-Tech Catalyst opened for bids this week and Hannah Devlin wrote an interesting piece on the potential of agri-science to revoutionise British farming in The Times as a result. The Agri-Tech Catalyst had significant input from the BBSRC, TSB and Defra too. 

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Scottish firms eye share of UK’s £168m tech funding

Scottish firms eye share of UK’s £168m tech funding | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND’S life science and technology sectors today hailed a £168 million funding injection from the UK government as a “valuable” boost for speeding up innovation.
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There has been further coverage of David Willetts's Mountbatten lecture in the Scotsman today. The Scottish life sciences and technology sector welcomed the £168 million funding boost for 'speeding up innovation.'

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Peter Higgs wins Nobel Prize in Physics - Telegraph

Peter Higgs wins Nobel Prize in Physics - Telegraph | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Professor Peter Higgs – the British scientist who proposed the existence of a particle that is now known as the Higgs Boson – has won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
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Fantastic news for the UK this week - Professor Peter Higgs won the Nobel Prize for Physics! This particular article also features a comment from Science Minister David Willetts.

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Today: 27/09/2013

Today: 27/09/2013 | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Morning news and current affairs. Includes Sports Desk; Weather; Thought for the Day.
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Listen to Sir Mark Walport, Chief Government Scientific Adviser, talk about the IPCC report - from the Today programme on Friday 27th. Sir Mark spoke to Jim Naughtie at around 7.50am.

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Minister hails city’s healthcare firms

Minister hails city’s healthcare firms | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
SCIENCE Minister David Willetts has backed Leeds to become a centre of excellence in healthcare and technology during a visit to the city.
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The Minister visited Leeds last week and backed it to become a centre of excellence in healthcare and technology.

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UK Science Minister Pours Concrete for National Graphene Institute at University of Manchester

UK Science Minister Pours Concrete for National Graphene Institute at University of Manchester | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
Science Minister David Willetts MP today visited the site of the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester, which will be the UK's national centre for research into the wonder material.
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David Willetts in action at the site of the National Graphene Institute in Manchester today... The NGI will be the UK's national centre for research into wonder material 

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Pupils run mini-Bloodhound rocketcars - IOL Motoring Special Features | IOL.co.za

Pupils run mini-Bloodhound rocketcars - IOL Motoring Special Features | IOL.co.za | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
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David Willetts visits pupils at a school in South Africa who have made mini Bloodhound rocket cars.

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allAfrica.com: South Africa: UK Minister to Visit SKA South Africa

allAfrica.com: South Africa: UK Minister to Visit SKA South Africa | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience
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Coverage of the Minister's visit to the SKA site in South Africa.

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£150m for the UK construction industry

£150m for the UK construction industry | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
A £150 million funding package has been assigned to the UK construction industry to help shorten build times, improve quality and make buildings more efficient.
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On announcing the new funding package business secretary Vince Cable said that it is critical that the UK’s new and existing buildings adjust to a low carbon economy. “Investing in energy efficient construction projects is important to help industry and government achieve our aims of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2025. I therefore warmly welcome the Technology Strategy Board’s investment of £60 million in energy efficient technology alongside the private sector.”

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No trucking way! Frozen air to power commercial van | Energy Live News

No trucking way! Frozen air to power commercial van | Energy Live News | Science, research and innovation news | Scoop.it
The power of frozen air is to be harnessed in trucks – in an engine containing liquid nitrogen. Last week its developers won a grant from the Technology Strategy Board, ...
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The Dearman Engine works by boiling liquid air or nitrogen (which is the main component of air) to produce high-pressure gas that can be used to drive a piston engine, creating shaft power.

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