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2009-10-22 14:16:46

More students than ever before have been accepted onto science and engineering related degree courses this autumn, according to the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Science is also now the most popular subject at school according to a new poll of children aged 5 to 18. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Chief Executive Dave Delpy has welcomed the news and says this strengthens the case for supporting our future scientists and engineers: "With the...

2009-10-16 10:45:55

Scientists are developing new scaffolding technology which could be used to grow tissues such as skin, nerves and cartilage using 3D spaghetti-like structures. Their research is highlighted in the latest issue of Business, the quarterly highlights magazine of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The new structures are being developed by scientists from the University of Bristol, using proteins from alpha helices "“ one of the fundamental ways that strings...

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2009-10-02 10:10:00

Scientists at Rothamsted Research and Warwick University have been awarded £1M (1.5M USD) by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in partnership with Syngenta, to research the decline of honeybees. UK government figures suggest bee numbers have fallen by 10-15% over the last 2 years; the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) quotes a figure nearer 30% for 2008. Since the declines were first reported a number of factors have been suggested. Most scientists...

2009-09-23 10:25:04

The Presidents of 57 liberal arts colleges in the U.S., representing 22 states, have declared their support for the Federal Research Public Access Act (S. 1373) in an Open Letter released today. The letter is the first from higher education administrators to be issued in support of the 2009 bill, and further reinforcement that support for the Act exists at the highest levels of the higher education community. The presidents' letter notes, "Adoption of the Federal Research Public Access Act...

2009-09-01 13:36:07

A total of £7M funding has been announced today by two public-private collaborations led by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The Diet and Health Research Industry Club (DRINC) will fund research into the relationship between what we eat and how healthy we are. The Integrated Biorefining Research and Technology Club (IBTI Club) will fund research into technology to help replace fossil fuel derived chemicals and consumer products with green alternatives....

2009-08-25 15:33:32

The UK has made its first substantial commitment to a major emerging pan-European science project with a £10M investment (25 August) by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).BBSRC has awarded funding to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), based at Hinxton near Cambridge, to permit a dramatic increase in the Institute's data storage and handling capacity. The funding is the first step in developing the...

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2008-02-19 09:20:00

Scientists at the University of York have characterized an important new step in the mechanism used by bacteria to evade our immune system. It is an "Ëœinvisibility cloak' which means that bacteria like Haemophilus influenzae, a common cause of ear infections in children, can move about the body without the risk of being attacked by the immune system. A multidisciplinary research team from the Departments of Biology and Chemistry at York have been studying how bacteria capture the...


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