On the same day that [URL="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11225197"]UK Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has been explaining that Government sees "no justification for taxpayers' money being used to support research which is neither commercially useful nor theoretically outstanding"[/URL] and that universities will be expected to "do more for less" an event has been showcasing the latest near-market products and technologies that have evolved from just such research. [youtube]5yMEYXweFjc[/youtube] The 'Meerkats and Avatars' event held at the Hauser Forum and organized by St John's Innovation Centre, took place today and served as a great reminder that commercially viable science and technology innovation is most certainly …

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When it was reported this week that [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20747/1066/"]Professor Stephen Hawking[/URL] had been taken into hospital and was "very ill" the overall mood of the media seemed to be that the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University and author of the best selling 'A Brief History of Time' book was as good as dead. Indeed, many of those reports read more like obituaries than anything else. However, I am glad to say that [URL="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5193802/Family-of-Stephen-Hawking-hopeful-of-full-recovery-after-hospital-admission.html"]the truth is now emerging[/URL] and it would appear that far from being at death's door, Professor Hawking is actually in a comfortable condition and according to …

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