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PM’s research budget to make UK ‘science superpower’

PM’s research budget to make UK ‘science superpower’

Science
Getty ImagesThe prime minister has set out plans to cement the UK's place as a "science superpower".Boris Johnson announced how increases in the research budget would be spent.He will chair a new National Science and Technology Council to provide "strategic direction" on how research is harnessed for the "public good".And Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser to the government, will lead a new Office for Science and Technology Strategy.He will take up the role of the new national technology adviser, alongside his current role.Mr Johnson said the UK's vaccination programme had proven what the UK can achieve at scale and speed. "With the right direction, pace and backing, we can breathe life into many more scientific and technological breakthroughs that transform the lives of pe...
Science behind Pfizer vaccine can be used to give people cancer jabs ‘within a couple of years’

Science behind Pfizer vaccine can be used to give people cancer jabs ‘within a couple of years’

Technology
The co-creator of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine has said the technology behind it could soon be used to fight cancer too.While the vaccine has been bankrolled by the American pharmaceutical giant, the science itself is the work of BioNTech, a German company founded by married couple and dedicated physicians Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci. Dr Tureci was working on a way to harness the body's immune system to tackle tumours when the pair learned last year of a mystery virus infecting people in China. Image: mRNA could be used to treat more than just COVID-19. Pic: NIAID Over breakfast, they decided to apply the technology they'd been researching for two decades to the new threat, dubbing the effort "Project Lightspeed."Both COVID-19 vaccine...
UK to launch ‘high risk’ science agency

UK to launch ‘high risk’ science agency

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Getty ImagesThe UK is to launch a "high-risk" science agency to look for ground-breaking discoveries.The agency, Aria, will be run along the lines of US equivalents that were instrumental in the creation of the internet and GPS.Aria, which has £800m funding over four years, will have a "higher tolerance for failure than is normal", the government said.Labour said the government needed to clarify what the agency would do. The new body - the Advanced Research & Invention Agency (Aria) - would fund "high-risk, high-reward" scientific research, the government said.But the amount of funding it will get is a fraction of the money pumped into existing government research bodies such as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).For 2020-21 alone, the government has allocated £10.36bn for its research ...
Watch live: Astronauts plan spacewalk to hook up new science platform

Watch live: Astronauts plan spacewalk to hook up new science platform

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Two NASA astronauts plan to begin a spacewalk early Wednesday morning to finish installing Europe's Bartolomeo science platform on the International Space Station's exterior. Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover are to begin the expedition outside the space station at 7 a.m. EST. The assignment will be the first spacewalk for Glover, who is the first Black astronaut to live and work aboard the space station. Advertisement NASA estimates the spacewalk will last 6 1/2 hours. Glover, like all astronauts, trained in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at Johnson Space Center, where trainees wear suits underwater that simulate weightlessness. [embedded content] "We also give them videos to walk through, as well as conferences where we get to talk with them, and give ...
Bridenstine leaves NASA, calls for unity in space, science efforts

Bridenstine leaves NASA, calls for unity in space, science efforts

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stepped down as planned Wednesday and posted a message on Twitter to thank employees and all who supported his tenure at the space agency. Bridenstine, who left on the day of President Joe Biden's inauguration, made a public plea for continued support of NASA and planned missions to the moon and Mars. Advertisement He referenced historic disagreements at the agency and in Washington over whether to support another moon mission or a Mars mission, or simply to focus on Earth sciences. "It's not about the moon or Mars, which put us in conflict in the House of Representatives between Republicans and Democrats. It's about both," Bridenstine said. "It's about going to the moon to get the science and discovery that we need to le...