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Burger

Serving up the lab burger

The world's first lab-grown burger was unveiled and eaten today - but are we ready for bio-engineered meat? Dr Neil Stephens from Cesagen has been researching the ethical and social aspects.

Putting on shoe

Innovative 3D-printed foot support cuts waiting times

A Technology Strategy Board research initiative part-funded by the ESRC has developed a 3D-printed foot support, drastically cutting manufacturing cost and time - and delivering bespoke support to patients within 48 hours.

Shop

Global summit for retail and researchers

The ACS Global Summit, supported by the ESRC, has provided the opportunity to encourage debate and knowledge exchange between leading practitioners and social scientists within the retail sector.

People and graph

Researchers team up with Google to explore data

The Google Data Analytics Social Science Research initiative will explore how publicly accessible online data, analytical and presentational tools can answer pressing social science questions.

David Newbery

Fuelling growth with public investments

Professor David Newberry argues that public investment in the right areas will fuel UK economic growth - with the short-term impact of giving work to domestic private companies who will create jobs.

Working mum

Working or shirking? Home-working and staff performance

An evaluation of home-working showed a dramatic increase in employee performance and reduction in staff turnover, according to findings from a team including Professor Nicholas Bloom from ESRC's Centre for Economic Performance.

Web shop

Exploring the web business revolution

The new Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology (CREATe), part-funded by the ESRC, has been launched to examine the need for new business models and the changing nature of copyright in a web-based business environment.

Crop irrigation

Invest in skills, infrastructure and innovation, says growth commission

Investing in human capital, improving the national infrastructure, improving finance provision for private investment and innovation, and the creation of an independent National Growth Council are key recommendations in the final report from the LSE Growth Commission.

3D printer

How additive manufacturing can boost the UK economy

Additive manufacturing, or '3D printing', is set to change the face of manufacturing. The Technology Strategy Board is launching a new £7 million research competition in partnership with the ESRC, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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ESRC researchers winning KTP Awards

ESRC's winning KTP partnership, with KTP Associate Harriet Knowles, was among the eight finalist Best Partnership teams at today's KTP Awards 2012 event. KTP Associates Kate Jones and Katie Flaherty both received a Business Leader of Tomorrow award.

Chemistry lab worker

Using research for a competitive economy

The Heseltine review which is published today looks at ways of making the UK economy more competitive, including how research can boost business. ESRC-funded research has explored to what degree companies collaborate with university departments.

Cashpoint

Researching service design for a better customer experience

The emerging field of 'service design' can be crucial in order to attract customers and business. The ESRC is partnering up with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Design Council and the communications consultancy Madano Partnership to fund research exploring the value and impact of service design.

Toilet map

Putting toilets on the map with open data

The Great British Public Toilet Map has been developed as part of an ESRC-funded research project Tackling Ageing Continence through Theory Tools and Technology (TACT3), automatically tracking councils' open data on public toilet facilities and displaying the information online.

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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.

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Innovation and the credit crunch

Innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are of great importance to the economy overall. How are they faring in a climate of reduced demand for goods and services and retreat from risk by credit providers?

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