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Crop of Iron: Researchers develop new wheat strain

New wheat strain to tackle iron deficiency Credit: PA Images

A new strain of wheat pumped full of iron has been created by bio-engineers at the Norwich John Innes Centre plant science institute.

The genetically modified cereal produces a white flour containing twice the normal amount of the mineral.

Scientists believe the levels, significantly higher than those in any commercially grown variety of wheat, could help alleviate iron deficiency around the world.

Dr Janneke Balk, from the centre said:

"This breakthrough means that higher levels of iron from the wheat itself could replace added iron in everyday items such as white flour and breakfast cereals, helping the estimated one billion people that suffer from iron deficiency worldwide."

– Dr Janneke Balk

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Scientists ask public to help record 'solitary bee' sightings

Solitary bees are unlike honeybees and bumblebees.

Scientists at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge want the public to help record sightings of solitary bees.

Unlike honeybees and bumblebees - solitary bees like the one pictured - rear their young on their own.

There are about 250 species of solitary bee in the UK, meaning they account for more than 90% of our total bee species

It is hoped the research will give a better understanding of important pollinators.

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Stephen Hawking: 'We should start seeking other planets'

Professor Stephen Hawking has warned the human race must colonise a new planet or face dying out.

The Cambridge scientist was in London previewing a science and arts festival festival in Norway next month.

He believes overpopulation and climate change are threatening human survival and the search for other planets to live on should start now.

I strongly believe we should start seeking alternative planets for possible habitation.

We are running out of space on Earth and we need to break through the technological limitations preventing us living elsewhere in the universe.

– Professor Stephen Hawking

Schoolchildren invited to tour Stevenage space centre

The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space will open to school groups across the country. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A £2.5 million space centre in Stevenage will open to school groups from across the country today.

The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space was officially opened by astronaut Major Tim Peake in January.

It features exhibits designed to encourage young people to take up careers in science and engineering.

25,000
students expected to visit the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space in the next five years
The space centre was opened by Major Tim Peake in January. Credit: PA

Cambridge engineer still in the race for space

Dr Jenni Sidey still in the hunt for space role

An engineer from Cambridge has made it through to the next stage of a competition to find two new astronauts for the Canadian Space Agency.

Last year 3,772 applications were received by the Canadian Space Agency after its announcement that it would add two new astronauts to its roster.

Dr Jenni Sidey has made the shortlist following a rigorous selection process which lasts almost a year and involves several interviews, written exams and a range of physical and mental fitness tests.

The University of Cambridge and the Institute of Engineering and Technology congratulated her.

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