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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Science & Technology

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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...
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With the country sweltering under drought-like conditions in recent weeks – and things even heating up here in the north east – it might be a comfort to know that some of the world’s greatest climate experts work in Newcastle. Climate change specialist Professor Hayley Fowler, of Newcastle University, has...
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...
internet loans
A team of researchers led by experts from Newcastle University has highlighted how slick, well-designed websites and apps can be used to sell high-cost loans to poor and vulnerable people. The websites include sliders that customers can play around with, brightly coloured ‘apply now’ buttons, forms that are simple to...
Greenland
A study has found that large quantities of global-warming gases could be escaping from melting ice on Greenland. An international team of researchers camped in Greenland for three months over the summer, analysing meltwater running off the island’s ice sheet. They found that six tons of...
A happy baby
Britain’s first three-parent babies may be coming soon – thanks to Newcastle University receiving permission to conduct IVF procedures using the DNA of two women. A technique developed by Newcastle University researchers means that doctors can substitute an egg’s defective mitochondrial DNA with healthy DNA transplanted from a female donor. Alternatively,...
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...
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Moths are not the most popular of insects. They’re considered dowdier than butterflies and accused – often unfairly – of munching our clothes. But researchers from Newcastle University have discovered that moths play a vital role in pollinating plants – helping out our beleaguered bees in the process – and...
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An academic at Newcastle’s Northumbria University is developing a new type of concrete that could massively reduce deaths and injuries in the event of a terrorist attack. Dr Alan Richardson – in collaboration with colleagues at universities in Canada and India – is working on an innovative material that uses...
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its first Clinical Knowledge Summaries for GPs, dedicated to the COVID-19 outbreak and how to manage potentially infected patients. This official evidence-based information for General Practices across England has been authored by the North-East based editor, and former GP,...

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