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Every day, people use their hands effortlessly to assess an object's stiffness, like the ripeness of a piece of fruit. For the first time an international team of BBSRC-funded scientists led by University College London, have used virtual reality experiments and discovered the area in the brain where stiffness perception is formed.
Throughout 2014 -- BBSRC's 20th anniversary -- BBSRC researchers exhibited the best of British bioscience across the UK. The year-long programme of bioscience communication showcased research to a broad public audience, culminating in the Great British Bioscience Festival on 14-16 November at the Museum Gardens in London's Bethnal Green.
The world is facing a potential crisis in terms of food security. The challenge is to produce and supply enough safe and nutritious food in a sustainable way for a growing global population, which is projected to reach 9Bn by 2050.