Act with urgency to protect research and innovation from Brexit uncertainty, scientists warn government

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Act with urgency to protect research and innovation from Brexit uncertainty, scientists warn governmentRepresentatives congregated at the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee’s “Brexit: Science and Innovation Summit” in London to discuss how the government should move ahead with Brexit negotiations while protecting research and innovation, and exploiting possible opportunities ahead. The discussion will […]

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Rechargeable train to run on GB rail network ‘this summer’

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Rechargeable train to run on GB rail network ‘this summer’The two-car train has four banks of lithium-ion batteries – two under each vehicle – with a combined capacity of 106kWh. It requires an eight-minute charge at each end of the journey, but with a 10-minute charge the range is extended to 50 miles (80km). This […]

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£8.4m ‘Growth Deal’ brings ESA deep-space project to Goonhilly, Cornwall

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£8.4m ‘Growth Deal’ brings ESA deep-space project to Goonhilly, CornwallAnnounced today by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the project will see Goonhilly upgraded to enable it to provide deep-space tracking and satellite communication services on a commercial basis. It will be the first time the UK has had the capability […]

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Borders and walls are going up all over the world

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Borders and walls are going up all over the worldJohn Lennon’s 1971 song ‘Imagine’ should be more controversial than it is. We can all get behind the overall sentiment of “Imagine all the people / Living life in peace”, but other lyrical details are more divisive. The line about “no religion, too” will alienate at […]

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Hands-on review: iStorage diskAshur2 secure USB drive

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Hands-on review: iStorage diskAshur2 secure USB driveWe reviewed iStorage’s secure USB drive last year and now the portable hard drive specialist has added fully-fledged hard disk and solid state drives to its range of PIN-protected devices. The tech company says its Enhanced Dual Generating Encryption technology in the diskAshur² drive makes it the most secure […]

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The Eccentric Engineer: how Hadrian’s multicultural Wall built new communities

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The Eccentric Engineer: how Hadrian’s multicultural Wall built new communitiesBuilding a large wall to keep ‘foreigners’ out rarely works as expected, but that has never stopped people trying. When Roman emperor Hadrian came to the throne in 117, he inherited an empire from his predecessor Trajan that was large, but unstable. He spent much of […]

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Book interview: Paul Sean Hill, former director, Nasa – rocket science and the right stuff

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Book interview: Paul Sean Hill, former director, Nasa – rocket science and the right stuff“The one thing that I have learned in Mission Control is that when we make mistakes, it’s not caused by the rocket science,” says Paul Sean Hill. The former Nasa Mission Control director is talking about the “other mistakes. In particular, […]

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