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Building the skills

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya talks to the NewStatesman about Building the skills.

If you measure business success by newspaper headlines, you'd get the sense British manufacturing is uncompetitive and underperforming. The reality is very different. Our manufacturing industry employs two and a half million people. It's a forward thinking sector too - paying for almost 75% of business innovation.

Manufacturing is the most export intensive part of our economy, so success demands high productivity and outstanding products. You need a skilled, motivated workforce to do well, which is why manufacturing jobs pay the average employee £4,000 a year more than the service sector.

Fri 15 June 2018, 14:32 | Tags: SME, Lord Bhattacharyya

Is it better to travel or arrive?

People both like and are scared of change. We are forever imagining how the future could be different, but then spend a lot of time worrying about how bad it might be without remembering why we wanted to change in the first place. In most cases this means that we anticipate and deal with the problems involved in the change, but it can also delay and even stop that change if it is not balanced.

There is a lot of talk about driverless cars at the moment, the current cause being the fact that Google's driverless car crashed into a bus. All of a sudden, driverless cars are a threat rather than the boon they used to be. However, a rather cursory investigation shows that the current situation is far from ideal and there are, on average, over 17000 accidents a day in the US (500 in UK), and around 100 people involved in them die (5 in the UK) but this doesn't merit mention in most places. Viewed in this light, the driverless car might be a lot safer. Bu the arc of this scary narrative then questions who is responsible for an accident involving a driverless car? Is it the manufacturer or the passenger? (This vaguely adversarial version of the question makes it a simple binary choice and ignores the possibility that ownership models may change and the passenger may be renting the car from a third party). It is right to ask these questions, but it is also useful to look at the current situation as well as this potential future.

Fri 15 June 2018, 13:56 | Tags: Experiential Engineering, David Bott, Paul Jennings

Radiomics: using the power of informatics to more accurately diagnose and treat childhood brain tumours

Professor Theo Arvanitis talks to BQ Magazine about using the power of informatics to accurately diagnose and treat childhood brain tumours.

Although childhood cancer is rare - in the UK, statistics predict that approximately only one child in 500 will develop cancer by the time they reach 14 years of age - the disease poses a huge struggle for the affected children and their families. In particular, brain and other central nervous system tumours are the most common causes of death from cancer in children. Thanks to advances in diagnostic technologies, new treatments, and improvements in the clinical management of patients with the disease, we have seen considerable improvement in survival rates from childhood brain tumours in recent years. However, the necessity for non-invasive diagnostic and prognostic characterisation of childhood brain tumours still poses a considerable challenge. We need to understand the disease in order to predict its progression and manage it effectively, but we cannot simply open up the brain to do this; which is where the role of medical imaging becomes so important.

Fri 15 June 2018, 13:48 | Tags: Healthcare Technologies, Theo Arvanitis, IDH

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