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PM vows to ‘supercharge’ UK science with fast-track visas

PM vows to ‘supercharge’ UK science with fast-track visas

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Boris Johnson has instructed government departments to devise a new fast-track visa system to attract leading scientists to work in the UK.The PM plans to scrap the cap on "tier one" visas for highly skilled migrants - currently the limit is 2,000 a year.He also wants to make the system easier for scientists and their families.Science bodies have welcomed the proposals but warn any benefits to research would be greatly outweighed by the damage caused by a no-deal Brexit.The prime minister made the announcement at the Culham science centre in Oxfordshire which undertakes research on fusion power. The reforms are small beer compared to the chaos, disruption and damage to the UK's attractiveness to international collaborators &...
No-deal Brexit ‘threatens’ UK science industry, says Wellcome Trust

No-deal Brexit ‘threatens’ UK science industry, says Wellcome Trust

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The head of the UK's biggest charitable funder of scientific research has written to the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson backing his vision of a thriving science sector, but warning that leaving the EU without a deal is a "threat to that". In a letter, seen by the BBC, chairwoman of the Wellcome Trust Lady Eliza Manningham-Buller, asks the new PM to up investment spending in science to German levels, and to ensure that immigration policy was "more welcoming" to top scientists.The Wellcome Trust is responsible for £1bn of funding a year, and should be a key part of Boris Johnson's vision of the UK as a "science superpower".Its chairwoman told the BBC that while she agrees that there is a great prize to be grasped she is anxious
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 ...