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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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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,...
Teeside University Opens Its £1.8 Million Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre
Teesside University has launched the Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre (IDTC) to help support SMEs to discover and explore a range of digital technologies and opportunities which could benefit their business. Local SMEs had a first look at the Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre’s Serious Play Facility at the hybrid launch event...
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Scientists at Newcastle University have managed to make artificial corneas using 3D printers. The cornea – the outermost layer of the eye – plays an important role in focusing vision. It is possible to transplant donated corneas, but – with around 10 million people worldwide needing cornea surgery to rescue...
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A group of ground-breaking Newcastle scientists have received a £5 million grant to look at ways of tackling cancers that afflict children and young people.  The grant – from Cancer Research UK – will be split between three teams based at the Cancer Research Newcastle Centre.  One cancer that the grant...
The world has drastically transformed in the last two centuries, and yet the manner in which academic institutions prepare us for our professional careers has remained stagnant. It is still fixated on the needs of an industrial age, a learning structure that is very much outdated and questionable for...
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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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A researcher from Newcastle University is to tackle the subject of ‘deep fakes’ – the latest manifestation of ‘fake news’ – in an upcoming public lecture. While fake news may refer to false or misleading statements we read or hear, deep fakes take this process further. Deep fakes use artificial intelligence...
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,...
Newcastle upon Tyne - Climate Change - Climate Strike
How effective will Global Climate Strikes be today? Today, (20 Sept 2019) millions of people from 150 countries around the world are calling on their governments to reverse the effects of pollution on global climate and environment issues. This year's youth climate movement has influenced a sense of urgency on Climate...
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A new centre is to be set up in Newcastle, which will explore therapies aimed at helping those with currently incurable diseases. The Northern Alliance Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre will conduct research into cutting-edge gene, cell and tissue-engineered therapies. The centre, which will be run jointly by Newcastle University...

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