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Open Access Government has a large variety of Scientific Research and Innovation information that is available in this category.

This section explores the latest breakthroughs in all aspects of science: including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Sociology. There is extensive research on psychological and social patterns that occur in everyday life.

Information is available on scientific policies that the government might adopt. Along with the changes and developments of global space policy. We cover the ongoing rise of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) and cancer research breakthroughs along with countries and their own individual research priorities.

Within this category we explore the massive increase and growth in CBD research and production, there is a lot of interesting information available.

Portrait of a male common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes).

Can apes explain the human desire for mind altering experiences?

Could online videos depicting great apes deliberately dizzy from spinning themselves explain the role of mind altering experiences for the human mind? 
Chinese astronaut over the main module Tianhe on the Space Station Tiangong - flying over the Central America. This is entirely 3D generated image. Background image is from Nasa - https://visibleearth.nasa.gov/images/92104/a-central-american-panorama/92106w. Composited image of the stars is my own shot. Space station module and astronaut are both 3D models.

How does space travel affect the human brain?

The sensation of ‘weightlessness’ during space travel has long-term effects on the brain, where the brain's rules about gravity are no longer applicable.
Young Scientist Looking Through a Microscope

International Women’s Day: Empowering women in STEM

As International Women’s Day rolls around, it’s important for women in STEM to reflect on the progress we’ve seen in these academic fields, where women are often underrepresented.
Close up side shot of microplastics lay on people hand.Concept of water pollution and global warming. Climate change idea.

Detecting and catching microplastics in our tap water using light

Using surface-enhanced Raman scattering, researchers have revealed a new way of detecting and catching microplastics in our tap water, and the key is light.
Protesters flags of United Kingdom and European Union outside Parliament in Westminster during the Brexit debates. A British Airways flight passes overhead

Communicating empirically grounded social science research

UK in a Changing Europe, funded by the UK Research and Innovation’s Economic and Social Research Council, explores the importance of communicating empirically grounded social science research.
"EU flags fly in a row in front of the European Commission building in Brussels, Belgium"

Improving Horizon Europe: 11 ways to make R&I funding work better

The European Commission is continuing its efforts towards improving Horizon Europe; here, Science|Business Network reveals its top 11 ways to make the EU’s €95.5...
moon, earth and sun

Could 4 billion-year-old moon dust lower Earth’s rising temperatures?

Moon dust could be an option to block the sun’s radiation and slow global warming – researchers are looking to intercept a fraction of sunlight before it reaches Earth.
black hole concept

Visualising a black hole collision: “one of the most violent events you can imagine”

A simulation developed in a video depicts how a black hole collision would send gravitational waves through the cosmos.
Levi Van Bastian works to print material on the LENS machine on Dec. 21, 2022, allowing the ability to test 3D print new superalloys.

Could a 3D-printed superalloy cut carbon emissions from power plants?

Researchers discover 3D-printed superalloy with the ability to generate more electricity for power plants whilst cutting carbon emissions.
CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research - Globe of Science and Innovation - Universe of Particlas Exhibition - Geneva

A new European Innovation Agenda

The European Union’s new innovation agenda for increased competitiveness and welfare, starting with its objectives explored here by Maurizio Mensi from the European Economic and Social Committee.
European Union flag and flag of UK on flagpole in front of blue sky

UK requests for Horizon Europe fee renegotiation

The UK government has moved for Horizon Europe fee renegotiation as its potential association grows more likely with ongoing Northern Ireland Protocol discussions.

Do not press pause on innovation strategies

Leaders from organisations across the private and public sectors are taking charge of implementing innovative strategies to deliver value and provide meaningful products and services to their customers.
The rare Edible Lion`s Mane Mushroom, Hericium Erinaceus, pruikzwam in the Forest. Beautifully radiant and striking with its white color between autumn leaves and the green moss Photographed on the Veluwe at the leuvenumse forest in the Netherlands.

Lion’s mane mushroom improves memory and nerve growth

A research team from the University of Queensland have found the active compound from an edible lion's mane mushroom that improves memory and boosts brain cell growth.

The continuous process to produce sodium bicarbonate crystals

Here, Professor Patricia Luis (1,2) from UCLouvain explains how integral CO2 capture is along with the production of sodium bicarbonate crystals in reducing global emissions.
Ammonite Fossil - Cut and Polished Cross-section - Closeup

Colonial bias evident in fossil research

The colonial bias permeating history and global economics is felt heavily in the fossil record, which documents the history of life on Earth.
National flag of Ukraine with background of clear blue sky

Horizon Europe and Ukraine partnership strengthened with new Kyiv office

2023 will see the European Commission open a new Horizon Europe programme (HE) office in Kyiv, supporting research and innovation across Ukraine.
Servicing business aviation at a hangar in backlight at sunset

UK government to fund £113 million in hydrogen zero-emission flights

The UK government are investing £113 million in hydrogen and all-electric flight technologies to revolutionise zero-emission flights that are “guilt-free”.
A snapshot of the Tarantula Nebula (also known as 30 Doradus) is the most recent Picture of the Week from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The Tarantula Nebula is a large star-forming region of ionised hydrogen gas that lies 161 000 light years from Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud, and its turbulent clouds of gas and dust can be seen swirling between the region’s bright, newly-formed stars. The Tarantula Nebula is a familiar site for Hubble. It is the brightest star-forming region in our galactic neighbourhood and home to the hottest, most massive stars known. This makes it a perfect natural laboratory in which to test out theories of star formation and evolution, and a rich variety of Hubble images of this region have been released to the public in recent years. The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope also recently delved into this region, revealing thousands of never-before-seen young stars. This new image combines data from two different observing proposals. The first was designed to explore the properties of the dust grains that exist in the void between stars and which make up the dark clouds winding through this image. This proposal, which astronomers named Scylla, complements another Hubble observing proposal called Ulysses and is revealing how interstellar dust interacts with starlight in a variety of environments. This image also incorporates data from an observing programme studying star formation in conditions similar to the early Universe, as well as cataloguing the stars of the Tarantula Nebula for future science with Webb. [Image description: Wispy, nebulous clouds extend from the lower-left of the image. At the top and right the dark background of space can be seen through the sparse nebula. Along the left and in the corner are many layers of brightly-coloured gas and dark, obscuring dust. A cluster of small, bright blue stars in the same corner expands out across the image. Many much smaller stars cover the background.]

Using Hubble to see the Tarantula Nebula in new detail

Combining data on the Tarantula Nebular from two different observing proposals, a team from Hubble has revealed how interstellar dust interacts with starlight in a variety of environments.
Green comet

‘Green comet’ to pass close to Earth for the first time in 50,000 years

Already flying above Kent, the UK can witness a “once in a lifetime” green comet on February 1st 2023, last seen in the Stone Age.
cytokine cell

Understanding inflammatory cytokine secretion

Professor Paige Lacy, PhD, at the University of Alberta, delves into inflammatory cytokine release and its function to aid the body’s natural responses.

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