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Fijitsu workers in Stevenage to stage fresh wave of strikes

The strikes are part of an ongoing dispute over jobs and pension cuts. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Workers at IT giant Fujitsu's Stevenage factory are to stage a fresh wave of strikes in their long long-running dispute over jobs and pension cuts.

Members of Unite will walk out for 24 hours on 13 and 24 April, and for 48 hours on 20 April.

Fujitsu workers will walk out for a number of days in April. Credit: ITV News Anglia

They will join workers at other Fujitsu sites across the UK, including:

  • Basingstoke
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bracknell
  • Crewe
  • Edinburgh
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Wakefield
  • Warrington
The Fujitsu factory in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The previous four days of strike action generated strong support from workers determined to stand up for their jobs and livelihoods.

"The way Fujitsu is treating its workforce and keeping them in the dark over its plans for the future is beyond contempt.

"This is a workforce that has worked hard to make Fujitsu in the UK highly profitable, yet their reward is job cuts and pension reductions, while the company frustrates Unite's attempts to minimise compulsory redundancies."

– Unite national officer Ian Tonks, Unite national officer

New airbags for world's largest aircraft hope to prevent crash landings

They are either side of the flight deck over 3 metres in length and contain 15 m³ gas. Credit: Hybrid Air Vehicles.

The world’s largest aircraft has been given a set of inflatable ‘feet’ to help prevent damage to the vehicle and injury to those onboard in case of a hard landing.

It was grounded in August 2016, when its mooring line snagged on power lines at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, causing it to come down at a hard angle.

Now the airbags – officially known as an Auxillary Landing System – have been added it allows the pilot to deploy them, meaning it can can land at a greater variety of angles.

The Airlander crash landed at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire. Credit: Lee Cornell.

They have also added a ‘Mobile Mooring Mast’ (MMM) which makes it much easier to control and ”push back” the Airlander when maneuvering it around an airfield.

Both of these enhancements are great engineering innovations, and show the creativity and ingenuity of the team working on Airlander to great effect.

We look forward to using them for real very soon.

– Steve McGlennan, CEO Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd

Multi-million pound deal struck for new technology centre

The new medical technology centre is expected to create 500 jobs. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A multi-million pound deal to build a new medical technology centre in Essex, creating 500 jobs, has been signed.

Essex County Council has promised £2.5 million towards Anglia Ruskin University's Med-Tech Innovation Centre.

It will be the first tenant at the Harlow Science Park, which is a new site for high-technology businesses.

Essex County Council has invested millions into the project. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This is part of the regeneration and rebirth of Harlow.

"We're going to be one of the health science capitals of the world in terms of Public Health England coming here.

"This is our new Enterprise Zone, and the Medtech campus will be vital for businesses and vital for Public Health England."

– Robert Halfon MP, Harlow, Conservatives

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Cambridge scientists create first 3D DNA structures

Scientists took 100,000 measurements of where different parts of DNA are close to each other. Credit: University of Cambridge

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have created the first 3D structures of DNA.

Researchers used a combination of imaging and up to 100,000 measurements of where different parts of the DNA are close to each other to examine the genome in a mouse embryonic stem cell.

It's thought the findings could help identify what causes diseases such as cancer.

Researchers say the findings could help identify what causes cancer. Credit: University of Cambridge

"Visualising a genome in 3D at such an unprecedented level of detail is an exciting step forward in research and one that has been many years in the making.

"This detail will reveal some of the underlying principles that govern the organisation of our genomes – for example how chromosomes interact or how structure can influence whether genes are switched on or off.

"If we can apply this method to cells with abnormal genomes, such as cancer cells, we may be able to better understand what exactly goes wrong to cause disease, and how we could develop solutions to correct this.”

– Dr Tom Collins, Genetics and Molecular Sciences team, The Wellcome Trust
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