UK's first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial

UK's first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial

The UK’s first artificial heart pump has moved a step closer to being used on patients, scientists have said. It has been developed at Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science 2 by Calon Cardio, and clinical trials are due to begin in late 2018 with the aim of a full rollout two years later. The pump is implanted into the failing heart and should last about 10 years. Stuart McConchie, chief executive of Calon Cardio,…

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UK's fraud hotspots revealed by Which?

UK's fraud hotspots revealed by Which?

Norfolk is a dating scams hotspot, Surrey succumbs to investment fraud and west and mid-Wales suffers cold calling computer cons, according to data from UK cyber-crime centre Action Fraud. Consumer watchdog Which? has collated the data, which came via a Freedom of Information request And it wants the government to do more to tackle the problem. A recent Office of National Statistics survey suggested there are 5.4 million fraud and computer misuse cases a year….

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UK's first proton beam machine arrives at Newport clinic

UK's first proton beam machine arrives at Newport clinic

A key component of the UK’s first high-energy proton beam machine has been delivered to its new home in Newport. Proton Partners International (PPI) received the part that will fire the cancer-treating beam at its Rutherford Cancer Centre. PPI said the UK’s “most-advanced piece of cancer machinery” could transform treatment for 500 patients a year. Currently, only low-energy treatment is available in the UK for rare eye cancers. The Welsh Government said proton beam therapy…

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Eurovision Song Contest: Anything can happen, says UK's Lucie Jones

Eurovision Song Contest: Anything can happen, says UK's Lucie Jones

Media playback is unsupported on your device The bookies say the UK can’t possibly win Eurovision this year. But singer Lucie Jones still believes there’s a chance of an upset. “Never tell me the odds!” says Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back after C-3PO tells him his chances of successfully navigating an asteroid field are 3,720 to 1. It’s a sentiment Lucie Jones would no doubt agree with, having been confronted daily with people…

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MPs question UK's cyber attack defences

MPs question UK's cyber attack defences

A skills shortage and “chaotic” handling of personal data breaches are undermining confidence in the government’s ability to protect the UK from cyber attacks, MPs have warned. The Commons Public Accounts Committee said ministers had taken too long to consolidate the “alphabet soup” of agencies tasked with stopping attacks. Cyber attacks are ranked among the top four risks to UK national security. The government said it had acted with “pace and ambition” on the issue….

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First census of the UK's live music scene planned

First census of the UK's live music scene planned

The first ever census of the UK’s live music scene will be held in March, it has been announced. Researchers will audit gigs in seven cities, from street performers and choirs to pop bands playing arenas. Described as a “Springwatch for music,” the project will be conducted by the universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Glasgow. They aim to discover the challenges facing artists and venues at a time when live music is under pressure. In…

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UK's EU ambassador tells colleagues to challenge 'muddled thinking'

UK's EU ambassador tells colleagues to challenge 'muddled thinking'

The UK’s ambassador to the EU urged British colleagues in Brussels to challenge “muddled thinking and… speak truth to power” as he quit ahead of Brexit talks, the BBC has learnt. Writing to staff, Sir Ivan Rogers said ministers needed to hear “unvarnished” and “uncomfortable” views from Europe. Earlier it emerged Sir Ivan would be leaving his post several months early. The government said he had quit so a successor could be in place before…

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UK's ambassador to the EU Sir Ivan Rogers resigns

UK's ambassador to the EU Sir Ivan Rogers resigns

The UK’s ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, has resigned. Sir Ivan, appointed to the job by David Cameron in 2013, had been expected to play a key role in Brexit talks expected to start within months. The government said Sir Ivan had quit early so a successor could be in place before negotiations start. Last month the BBC revealed he had privately told ministers a UK-EU trade deal might take 10 years to…

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