All features (technology and innovation)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Mashing maps for society

MapTube, a website for mashing maps developed as part of the e-Social Science programme, has been a huge success with over 10,000 registered users - bringing geospatial data to the public.

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Data services: a success story

Data centres such as the Economic and Social Data Service are a "success story" for their users, concludes a new study. Over 90 per cent of ESDS users found the data they accessed to be important for their research or teaching.

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