We welcome blogs on issues across Science, Technology, Research and Innovation, and on the activities of the Foundation. To publish a blog on this site, please email Gavin Costigan (gavin.costigan@foundation.org.uk).

Note: The Foundation for Science and Technology is strictly neutral. Any views expressed in these blogs are those of the authors and not of the Foundation.

Securing the future: Navigating the role and challenges of Critical Minerals in Advanced Technologies

Critical minerals are fundamental to the development and implementation of modern technologies that are crucial to our sustainable future. These minerals are an integral part of sectors ranging from renewable energy to electronics and defence, and as such constitute the cornerstone of economic and environmental progress. This in-depth analysis examines the critical role of key minerals, the challenges affecting their supply, and explores innovations to secure their future.

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Graphene Presents a Second Chance for British Semiconductors

This year, we in the UK are celebrating a very important anniversary. In 2004, two scientists from the University of Manchester used a roll of sticky tape to make an amazing discovery. They isolated small flakes of a single layer of graphite, called graphene, which became known as the ‘wonder material.’ It is the best conductor of electricity in the world. This blog looks at how Paragraf has worked from lab-to-fab, incorporating wafer-scale monolayer graphene into the semiconductor manufacturing process.

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Future skills in Northern Ireland

A new landmark report has been published in Northern Ireland by influential advisory panel Matrix NI. In this blog, Sarah Jones unpicks this comprehensive report and discusses how it will be a combination of the core conclusions such as technological, social-emotional and digital skills that will shape the future.

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Top Ten FST science discussions

British Science Week 2024 is here! To celebrate we have collected together our top ten science based discussions to watch again.

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An AI Tutor for Every Child

Co-founder of AI-based Qual Research platform, Survey Mind and assessment-for-learning techniques tutor, Ranulph Tees tells the fictious story of James, a young person struggling with algebra who uses AI to reach his full potential.

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The surprising role of voluntary standards in AI regulation

The upcoming Foundation of Science and Technology event asks “Can AI be regulated and if so, how?” Regulation is one of the key tools that governments can use to compel private sector behaviour and AI has rapidly become focal topic when it comes to the impact of private sector technologies on society.

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Regulating AI in the EU and the UK -a legal view

To date, privacy laws have been a key source for AI regulation, particularly in the EU and the UK. Both have highly developed privacy rules, specifically the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the GDPR as incorporated into the laws of the UK. However, privacy laws alone are not sufficient to fully regulate the use of AI. In 2023, significant advances were seen in the approaches proposed in the EU and the UK for regulating the use of AI, and in 2024, this looks set to continue.

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The power of conversation

In a world of polarised views and fast changes, there is a quiet power in sharing knowledge. Championing the art of conversation can support the foundations of change and progress.

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The Round Table of Sustainability

In the wake of COP 27, "we have reached an inflection point where the chasm between action and inaction can set the planet on divergent paths," writes Jaclyn Estrin. At her round table, international governments are not the sole agents responsible for fighting climate change.

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How Animals With Human Brain Cells Could Help Treat Diseases

Chimeric research is an exciting topic in the scientific community, to say the least. There are opposing views about it being a helpful tool for understanding diseases and discovering treatments.

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