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Newcastle University is to spearhead a project to encourage ‘garage-level’ breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Many of science’s greatest advances have resulted from people tinkering in their garages. The inventor of the telephone Alexander Graham Bell set up a workshop behind his father’s house, and Walt and Roy...
Poptop event supplier home page
A north-east tech company that helps customers organise events by finding them DJs, musicians, caterers and marques has just received a £120,000 boost. Poptop, an online database, uses an algorithm to put party planners in touch with a wide variety of entertainers, services and products. Poptop was set up by two...
Alan Shearer in front of posters for The Entertainers 20th Anniversary Game
Newcastle United hero Alan Shearer is to undergo a series of dementia tests as part of an upcoming BBC documentary. In Dementia – Football’s Silent Shame, Mr Shearer will investigate whether years spent heading footballs make ex-soccer professionals more likely to suffer from the condition. It is suspected that brain damage...
Elon Musk Tesla Bitcoin
In an SEC filing, Tesla has disclosed that it has purchased $1.5 billion (USD) in bitcoin.   But why would Tesla do this?  As the man himself said, it was inevitable. On Friday 29th January, Tesla CEO Elon Musk changed his Twitter bio to just "#bitcoin." This is interesting, but not toally surprising,...
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An academic at Newcastle University has claimed that a New Year’s resolution to lose just two stone could see people reverse their type 2 diabetes. Professor Roy Taylor – featured this week on Radio 4’s You and Yours programme – believes a low-calorie diet can help people conquer the disease...
North East App Lending A Helping Hand To The Hospitality Industry
A Forward-thinking app that had been put on the back burner is now proving a great tool to help the hospitality industry fight some of the challenges caused by Covid-19. And its creators have quickly adapted it yet again so that it can still benefit businesses during the latest lockdown. W8R...
The Flying Car Is Here - Thanks to an Engineer from the North East
It might sound like something from a science fiction film, or at least a James Bond movie, but soon you could be commuting to work in a car that could grow wings and soar into the sky if the traffic got a little heavy.  That’s assuming you had a few...
fireworks
It seems that all the fireworks and bonfires on Guy Fawkes Night can send Newcastle’s levels of air pollution soaring. Figures for Bonfire Night last year showed that – between 8.00 pm and midnight – the amount of pollution particles in the city’s atmosphere rocketed. Starting from a daytime measurement of...
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Scientists from Newcastle University have discovered that bees have something similar to the ‘sweet tooth’ often found in humans. The Newcastle researchers found that bees possess sugar-sensing taste neurons. These neurons give the insects intense pleasure when they feed on nectar, encouraging them to hang around and empty the flower...
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Researchers from Newcastle University have come up with a novel way of dealing with the infections patients tend to get after surgery. They believe that honey – specifically, a medical-grade variant of manuka honey – could be the key to coping with this common problem. Doctors often use surgical mesh to...

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