• McLaren Group and Jenson Button launch GREAT 12C to highlight British innovation

    McLaren 30 August 2013

    The McLaren Group has today unveiled its latest GREAT campaign liveried car, which has been designed to support and inspire British innovation. The high-tech McLaren 12C is emblazoned with the GREAT campaign’s graphics and the message ‘Innovation is GREAT’. As well as demonstrating McLaren’s ongoing support for the campaign, it is intended to highlight the…

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  • Sensors pave the way to recycle buildings

    EPSRC 29 August 2013

    An EPSRC-sponsored research team has pioneered a way to test whether the foundations of buildings under demolition or reconstruction can be reused – saving construction companies time and money, and helping reduce their environmental impact. Working with construction group Skanska, researchers from the EPSRC-sponsored Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction cored into the foundation…

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  • Nuclear safety makes encouraging progress

    IChemE 28 August 2013

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says “considerable progress” has been made globally in the past year to strengthen reactor safety, despite the ongoing problems at Fukushima. The IAEA has said that nearly all countries with nuclear plants had carried out safety “stress tests” to assess their ability to withstand so-called extreme events. Since the…

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  • Sheffield Engineers develop DNA testing technique to reduce tap water treatment

    EPSRC 22 August 2013

    Research has discovered that combinations of bacteria commonly found in water pipes can form a biofilm which enables other potentially more harmful bacteria to thrive. Researchers from the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering are developing DNA testing to identify specific types of bacteria present in drinking water. The study, funded by the Engineering and…

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  • Apprenticeships score top marks from businesses and apprentices

    BIS 20 August 2013

    Apprenticeships have been highly praised in a new survey, with nearly 8 out of 10 (78%) apprentices and 8 out of 10 (81%) businesses saying they would recommend them to friends or other employers. The surveys from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) also showed that 8 out of 10 (83%) apprentices said…

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  • Chemical engineers develop special ingredients to reduce hunger pangs

    IChemE 19 August 2013

    Feeling full for longer to satisfy appetites and help reduce snacking between meals is one of the solutions to reducing the amount of food we eat. Chemical engineers may have the answer as they develop special ingredients that have the potential to reduce hunger pangs once inside the stomach. One of the most interesting developments…

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  • Multi-million pound boost for UK aerospace innovation

    Technology Strategy Board 16 August 2013

    Innovation in the UK aerospace industry will be given a major boost through a new funding competition managed by the Technology Strategy Board. Announced this week by Business Minister, Michael Fallon, the competition will make a total of up to £25m available to co-fund collaborative R&D projects that support the government and industry’s Aerospace Industrial…

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  • Royal Academy of Engineering awards new Research Fellowships

    Royal Academy of Engineering 15 August 2013

    Seven exceptional engineering researchers have been awarded prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships. The fellowships, which are highly competitive, provide significant support for five years to outstanding researchers, to enable them to establish independent careers in research that is useful to industry or society, or has genuinely high growth potential in the form of…

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  • A level results show more doing maths and sciences than ever before

    15 August 2013

      A level results published today by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show there has been a big rise in the number and proportion of young people taking A levels in maths, physics, chemistry and biology – subjects that are highly valued by employers and universities. There are more students doing maths, further maths,…

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  • David Willetts announces the re-appointment of Professor Roger Cashmore as Chair of the UK Atomic Energy Authority

    BIS 14 August 2013

    David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, has announced the re-appointment of Professor Roger Cashmore as Chair of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. Also re-appointed are non-Executive Board members Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Peter Jones and Steve McQuillan. David Willetts said “I am delighted that Professor Cashmore and the non-Executive Directors have agreed to be…

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