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Technology and Innovation Political Roundup - 8 December


Following rigorous clinical trials involving thousands of people and extensive analysis of the vaccine’s safety, quality and effectiveness by experts from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine has been authorised for use in the UK.

Search for UK hub for prototype fusion energy plant – Press release

The government is seeking proposals from UK regions and communities who have the necessary infrastructure to site the UK’s first STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) fusion energypower plant. The programme to create the first national fusion hub will create thousands of new highly skilled jobs. The STEP power plant programme supports the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution. Deadline for submission of proposals is 31 March 2021. Read more.

UK sets ambitious new climate target ahead of UN Summit - Press release

A new plan aims for at least 68% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, compared to 1990 levels. Read more.

Summary of the work at DSTL, from robots to wargaming, in just over a minute.

Space X rocket launches BioAsteroid research experiment – Press release

A UK-led space biomining experiment with the potential to provide resources for future space missions, is due to launch on a SpaceX rocket on 8 December 2020. The BioAsteroid experiment will take up match-box sized containers carrying asteroid rock, that will then be used to grow bacteria and fungi to investigate how gravity affects interaction between microbes and rock in reduced gravity. Read more.

Scientists take a step closer to revealing origins of our galaxy – Press release

Astronomers have taken a meteoric leap closer to discovering how our Solar System began, unveiling the most detailed atlas of the Milky Way in history. Read more.

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