All features (technology and innovation)

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Child and computer

Long-distance mothering through new media

Migrant women maintain their emotional and parenting bond with left-behind children through frequent use of new media - including mobile phone, texting, email, webcam calls and instant messaging.

Richard Bartholomew

Taking research to Westminster

The aim of the Government Social Research Service (GSR) is to provide robust and relevant research evidence for government policies departments. "Our work reduces the degree of uncertainty in policymaking", explains GSR Joint Head Richard Bartholomew.

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The cutting edge of the country

Innovation is not always dependent on a city location, but can also thrive in remote rural areas - for instance exploiting natural resources or developing high-tech engineering and electronics innovation hubs.

HapTEL workstation

Award-winning drilling in virtual teeth

A tooth drilling simulator part-funded by the ESRC has been awarded the prestigious BETT award for Innovation in ICT. The simulator enables dentist students to practice on virtual 3D teeth - without the pain of real patients.

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Enter the world of datasets

The ESRC Research catalogue is being expanded with over 900 datasets, downloaded from the Economic and Social Data Service and UK Data Archive - encouraging the use and reuse of data funded by ESRC.

Data flow

Making the connection

In the face of survey fatigue, how can researchers gather quality information? Data linking could not only add high value to existing surveys, but also create new data resources.

DNA sample

Preventing bio-piracy of genetic resources

It aims to stop ‘bio-piracy’, the theft of genetic resources and traditional knowledge – and the February 2012 deadline is fast approaching. Over one hundred countries are expected to sign up to the Nagoya Protocol, and Cesagen researchers have provided valuable input.

University faculty

The university effect

Universities have a significant impact on local regions - from increasing local employment, to students moving into residential areas, to boosting nightlife, to altering the whole image of a town, according to ESRC-funded research.

Internet connection

Fibre-optic hopes for East Africa

The fibre-optic broadband linking East Africa has created huge expectations of an economic boost - but are the hopes realistic? An ESRC-DFID research project charts the technology transition in Kenya and Rwanda.

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