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Universities, science, research and innovation minister Jo Johnson (left)  taking part in an agro infiltration experiment at the new Leaf Systems building on the Norwich Research Park in January 2017. He is joined by Dr Hadrian Peyret. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE

A new £5m plant science development hub which will promote important vaccine discoveries and attract pharmaceutical giants to Norwich opens for business today.

Phil Cutter celebrates pulling his one millionth pint as landlord of The Murderers pub in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Pubs play a vital role in spreading social cohesion and contentment.

Nigel Farage. Picture Ben Birchall/PA Wire

2016 has been abuzz with plenty of monumental moments shared online in 140 characters. Here are some of them.

After leaving school without her qualifications, Jessica Suter has just finished her science degree, studying from home. She is celebrating by holding an event for the British science association.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016

A mother planning to run a science day at Eaton Park next year has launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the event.

Around 600,000 extra homes and businesses in broadband not-spots are in line for superfast services, the Culture Secretary has announced. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Around 600,000 extra homes and businesses in broadband not-spots are in line for superfast services, the Culture Secretary has announced.

After leaving school without her qualifications, Jessica Suter has just finished her science degree, studying from home. She is celebrating by holding an event for the British science association.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016

Although she left school early and went into the workforce aged 16, Norwich mum Jessica Suter never gave up on her passion for science.

General view of sign promoting 4G network service outside an EE phone shop. Picture Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Britain’s 4G connectivity is worse than the networks of countries like Romania, Albania, Panama and Peru, according to the Government’s official infrastructure advisers.

Students at work designing aids for the competitors in the Land Rover BAR America's Cup using the BBC Microbit in the Faraday Challenge Day at Wymondham High Academy. Patrick Stebbens, 13, and Charlotte Ellis, 12, from Notre Dame High School, work on a tilt alarm. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Pupils from six schools have gathered at Wymondham High Academy for a day of science and technology challenges.

People playing Pokemon Go on St George's Street, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Twitter’s biggest global trends of 2016 have revealed social media’s obsession with the Olympics, politics and Pokemon Go.

Norfolk Amateur Radio Club’'s contest group. The won the year’s club contest championship. Picture: via NORFOLK AMATEUR RADIO GROUP

Ham radio fans are celebrating Norfolk Amateur Radio Club’s winning of a prestigious Club of the Year award from the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB).

Team Pantry at the SyncTheCity 54-hour hackathon with teams pitching and developing an app or a piece of software with a time limit. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

An intelligent shopping list which can recommend healthy options and tell you when you need to buy milk scooped the £3,000 top prize after winning a tech challenge.

The SyncTheCity 54-hour hackathon with teams pitching and developing an app or a piece of software with a time limit. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

What can we do with our excess hair? How can you stop that pesky smoke alarm beeping? Why can’t I book my haircut online?

Sync the City 2016 brought more than 100 people together to try and start a business in 54-hours.

Intelligent shopping lists, an online bullying safe space and a web system to encourage people to donate their unwanted hair to be turned into clothes.

File photo dated 06/01/16 of the Vodafone logo. Picture Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Vodafone UK has started to roll out its 4G in Mildenhall this week, whilst also making improvements to its 3G network.

A glimpse of the stunning Supermoon. Photo: Nigel Pickover

Sky-gazers have enjoyed the rare sight of a supermoon, with the Moon appearing bigger and brighter than usual as it came closer to Earth than it has in decades.

The night of the Supermoon is upon us in Norwich. We witness a magnificent treat that won't be seen again until approximately 2033.  
Gazing the stars.

Stargazers excited for the much-hyped supermoon may be disappointed as forecasters are predicting that thick cloud cover will block the region’s view of the phenomenon tonight.

View of a supermoon in Lowestoft. Photo: Katie Brown

On Monday, November 14 take a moment to look up when darkness falls and scan the skies for the moon which will be the closest to Earth it has been since January, 26 1948.

Neil Turner and Simon Elliott of Pedal Revolution in what will be the club house at the former RAF Coltishall site where the new PedalPark will be set up with a track around the airfield.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Plans to develop the old RAF Colishall site as a technology hub could spell an end to ambitions to create a world-class cycling facility.

Foolproof co-founder Pete Ballard and creative technology director Nick Thompson.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

An experience design agency with offices in London and Singapore has been bought out by a subsidiary of an Indian conglomerate.

The Tech East board, from left, Neil Miles, Graham Masterson, Neil Garner, Fiona Lettice, John Dugmore, Marlon Bowser and Mike Kingston.

Technology firms across the region will have access to the capital after an accelerator organisation opened an embassy in London.

Ben Garrod at the Norwich Science Festival

Some children set off on a secret mission to save the planet while others got marvelled at virtual reality or live experiments during the bumper weekend offering around the city.

A wind turbine

A government planning inspector will hear the case for and against two controversial north Norfolk wind turbine applications next month.

Steve Hurley, who is profoundly deaf, was left stranded when his car broke down, and he had no mobile phone signal to get assistance. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Mobile phone companies today pledged to improve coverage in the region, after a survey by this newspaper showed how unhappy customers in East Anglia are with their signal.

UEA Science

Over the centuries, East Anglia has produced its share of agricultural pioneers in the field.

Launch of Norwich Science Festival at the Forum.
Dr Dee Enay and Helium Helen.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Norwich has fast become a “world leader” in science as the first ever city-wide science festival launched yesterday with hundreds of children thronging The Forum.

Science festival at the Forum. Photo: The Forum

Prepare to be amazed as for the next two weeks some of the brightest minds will push the boundaries of science as part of the first ever city-wide celebration in the Norwich Science Festival.

Mobile phone masts on the water tower on Norwich Road, North Walsham.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A deaf man who said he was left “vulnerable and isolated” when his car broke down has called for more to be done to bring the region’s mobile phone signal up to speed.

One of Vattenfall's windfarms, at Kentish Flats. Pic: Robin Dawe/ Perfectly Clear Marketing

The developer behind another huge windfarm proposed off the coast of Norfolk has revealed its intention to bury miles of cables beneath the county.

Reedham on the River Yare. The Broads rated as one of the worst places for phone coverage in our survey. 


Picture: James Bass

In the northern Netherlands they are testing 5G, but in north Norfolk 3G would be gratefully received.

Mobile phone masts on the water tower on Norwich Road, North Walsham.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The effect of terrible mobile phone signal on parts of Norfolk and Suffolk is today laid bare through an EDP survey showing hundreds of disconnected families and businesses are unable to even make a call.

1132 (Stalham) Squadron ATC Radio officer Terry Owen. Picture: STALHAM ATC

A team of cadets took to the airwaves to celebrate 75 years of the Air Training Corps.

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