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August 5, 2002

Report calls for regional technology transfer
The government's £1.25 billion science strategy will fail unless scientific know-how is spread to businesses throughout the UK, a report from the Trades Union Congress warned today. The report, produced with the Work Foundation, called on the government to follow the US and European countries in developing regional networks of technology transfer, based around the Regional Development Agencies and devolved assemblies.

£500m Oxfordshire research facility planned
Construction of a world-class research facility in Oxfordshire which will create 200 jobs will begin within two months and place British science at the forefront of global research. The massive Diamond Synchrotron Source will be built on the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory site, next to Harwell. It will involve a total investment of £500 million over the next 20 years.

Builders unearth lost village in Suffolk
Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe could be a lost village in Suffolk. Builders preparing land at Warren Heath, near Ipswich, for new homes, found four bones, but experts believe a "few hundred" skeletons could be there on the site of an ancient village cemetery. The cemetery is to be left undisturbed.

Campus reopens after cult deaths
The University of Nigeria Nsukka is to reopen on September 3 after closing in mid-June when at least 20 people died in fighting between rival cults on campus. Students identified as belonging to the cults are being expelled.

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