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Tory hopefuls told not to squander UK science progress

Tory hopefuls told not to squander UK science progress

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The Conservative leadership candidates have been urged to make a pledge to put scientific research at the heart of their economic policy. Scientific bodies have called on Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson to set out their long-term plans for research.They want them to commit to ensuring that the UK remains a world leader in research and innovation.There is also alarm that the political uncertainty is stalling efforts to develop a strategy for UK science.The president of the UK's Royal Society, Prof Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, told BBC News that the uncertainty "could threaten the research and innovation that are vital for the long-term health of our economy". More stories like this:Science has been relatively well-funded under Theresa Ma...
Ministers told back up science vision or risk UK stagnation

Ministers told back up science vision or risk UK stagnation

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A £20bn investment is needed if the government is to achieve its vision of a science-led economy, according to a new analysis.The Campaign for Science and Engineering (Case) is calling for the boost in UK science funding to avoid the risk of "stagnation".The UK currently ranks 23rd in its R&D spending as a proportion of GDP. Case said now was the time for the government to set out details of its plan."The government has set out a bold vision for UK science," said executive director, Dr Sarah Main."It is a potentially transformative one for the entire country. But now is the time for it to put some substance to the plan." In 2017 the Chancellor Philip Hammond announce
AAAS: Machine learning 'causing science crisis'

AAAS: Machine learning 'causing science crisis'

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Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyse data are producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong.Dr Genevera Allen from Rice University in Houston said that the increased use of such systems was contributing to a “crisis in science”.She warned scientists that if they didn’t improve their techniques they would be wasting both time and money. Her research was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington.A growing amount of scientific research involves using machine learning software to analyse data that has already been collected. This happens across many subject areas ranging from biomedical research to astronomy. The data sets ...
Ten big science stories of 2018

Ten big science stories of 2018

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The year 2018 provided plenty to chew on if you're interested in science and the environment. From the stark warning from climate scientists about the dangers of letting temperatures rise beyond 1.5C to the discovery of a 20km-wide liquid water lake on Mars, it was a memorable year.Here's a rundown of some of 2018's most eye-catching stories. A "safe" limit for warming A rise in global temperatures of 2C by the end of this century has long been seen as the gateway to dangerous climate change. Researchers had argued that keeping within this limit was necessary to avoid the most damaging effects of global warming.But some have been pushing for an even lower target of 1.5C. In October, climate scientists released a major report detailing what would be involve...