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1. Manchester University announces new graphene partners

Manchester University announces new graphene partners Date:09/12/2014Two more companies have finalised collaborative partnerships with The University of Manchester to work on graphene applications of the future.Morgan Advanced Materials and 2D-Tech have both agreed long-term research collaborations with the National Graphene Institute (NGI), the £61m centre at the University set to open in early 2015.The news coincided with the first industry tour of the NGI this week, w

2. GSK drops plan to sell older drugs

GSK drops plan to sell older drugs Date:09/12/2014GlaxoSmithKline said that it had decided not to sell a portfolio of older drugs marketed in North America and Europe after considering offers from potential buyers."The company has evaluated all bids received and has concluded, consistent with its key criteria of maximising shareholder value, not to pursue divestment of these products," it said in a statement.A spokesman for GSK, which was being advised on the disposal by Lazard, declined to

3. Mother plants teach seeds about seasons and give them a thicker coat w

Mother plants teach seeds about seasons and give them a thicker coat when it’s cold Date:17/12/2014New research by Dr Steve Penfield from the John Innes Centre has found that 'mother' plants remember the seasons and use this memory to teach their seeds the time of year and tell them when they should germinate.In his study of Arabidopsis thaliana, a common weed often used as a model for plant research, Dr Penfield found that the mother plant plays an important role in sensing temp

4. £1m award for Global Academies

£1m award for Global Academies Date:19/12/2014The £1m Leverhulme Trust doctoral scholarship grant entitled “Perfect Storm - Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training” will train four cohorts of doctoral researchers, 20 in total, to examine major problems around the world.Food insecurity, climate change, access to energy, religious unrest and the increasing risk of zoonotic diseases that afflict both humans and animals represent research topics that students will tackle.The m

5. New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie is Heading to Cambridge in Februa

New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie is Heading to Cambridge in February   Published 23/01/15New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will travel to London early next month for a trade mission that will double as another opportunity to bolster his foreign policy credentials ahead of a potential run for president.The three-day trip to England, beginning February 1, will be the Republican's third foreign trip in recent months and his first outside of North America during his second term. While in

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