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Uk's first sci-fi and fantasy centre opens in Cambridge

Una McCormack (right) is a leading science fiction writer. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy has been officially launched in Cambridge.

It's the first university-based research group of its kind in the UK.

The Centre, which will connect the areas of writing and publishing with literary criticism, will hold a series of events and conferences designed to bring together academics, authors, editors, and members of the book publishing industry.

We're living in a very uncertain time, and I think science fiction and fantasy offer us tools to think about the world.

So that's what the centre is doing. It's bringing people with those shared interests together to work on these texts, discuss ideas and in my case, to write science fiction novels.

– Una McCormack, Science fiction writer

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Satellite built in Stevenage blasts off into space

An artists impression of the satellite in space. Credit: Airbus

A communications satellite built in Stevenage was launched into space last night.

The main structure and propulsion system were constructed in Stevenage, before being shipped off to Toulouse to be assembled.

It blasted off from a launch site in French Guiana in South America.

The satellite is seven and half metres long and 3 metres wide. Its solar rays unfold to 45 metres - the equivalent of three double decker buses.

The satellite was constructed in Stevenage. Credit: Airbus

Contractor appointed for £40million teaching centre in Luton

An artist's impression of the new STEM building Credit: University of Bedfordshire

The construction of a £40 million teaching and research 'STEM' building for science and engineering at the University of Bedfordshire is a step closer. Construction firm 'RG Carter' has been appointed to build the STEM centre at the Luton Campus which will be dedicated to teaching and research in the 'stem' subjects such of maths, science, engineering and technology.

“This is part of the University’s wider vision for high-level skills growth in Luton and Bedfordshire. Our new STEM building will support the ambitions of regional policymakers to enhance the skills base in Luton, extending opportunity for local residents and attracting investment to the region.”

– The University’s Vice Chancellor Bill Rammell

The building will also be home to a new Science and Engineering Outreach Centre, which will promote the value of science and engineering to local schools.

RG Carter has been involved in construction projects with universities and other education providers, including Norwich University College of Arts, Cambridge University, The University of East Anglia and Anglia Ruskin University.

The STEM building is due for completion in 2018.

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Multi-million pound cash boost for Southend

Southend Airport

Plans for a major business park have taken a step forward after Southend-on-Sea Borough Council received nearly £20m from Government.

The news was announced this morning by Local Growth Minister, Andrew Percy, who announced a government cash injection of £102 million for capital projects for the South East.

The money will go toward the Airport Business Park Southend. The project is expected to attract firms from the medical technology, aviation, advanced engineering and manufacturing sectors.

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