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Gov't splashes out on 'e-science'

The British Government is to blow £98 million on e-science over the next three years, it announced today.

Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers said the building of the next generation of computing power and the development of fundamental new technologies are to be in the vanguard of investment in the UK's science community.

In total, the Government is to invest £252 million over the next three years in medical science

"E-science" is science done through global collaboration via the Net, involving huge volumes of data and using massive computing power.

According to the experts, this research has the potential to have the same revolutionary impact in the wider world as the World Wide Web. ®

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