Posts made in June, 2013

Spending Review 2013 – who asked for what?

Posted on Jun 26, 2013

A round-up of influential submissions and lobbying activity in the run-up to the spending review relating to science, engineering, and innovation.   Campaign for Science & Engineering (CASE) In the run-up to the spending review, Dr Sarah Main, the new CaSE director, welcomed the Chancellor’s signals about science funding (“the spending review is about making choices, and for me science is a personal priority”) but warned that the UK’s slide down the rankings of global science economies was still troubling, and that the Chancellor needed to demonstrate a commitment to keeping...

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Fraunhofer UK Launch

Posted on Jun 11, 2013

Fraunhofer UK Launch

The UK branch of Fraunhofer, Europe’s biggest applied research organisation, was launched at the Royal Academy of Engineering on 23rd May by Business Secretary Vince Cable, paving the way for a major acceleration in high-tech innovation in Britain. Organised by Matter PR, the launch event brought together leaders from business, research, and government to celebrate the addition of Fraunhofer UK to the innovation landscape. It was reported in the Financial Times and received widespread interest from the business and research community. You can read the original press release here and...

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Bubble science

Posted on Jun 4, 2013

Bubble science

In the news today is an interesting story about how researchers at the University of Sheffield have used hot microbubbles to develop a new technique that will allow manufacturers to make food products more efficiently. Whether because they’re fun or because everyone knows what one is, science stories involving bubbles (of all shapes and sizes) always attract plenty of media attention. BBC Four even produced a one hour documentary about the science of bubbles called ‘POP!” In 2003, I wrote a story for the Institute of Physics about antibubbles based on a paper by Stephane Dorbolo...

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