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UK needs 'icons of science'

11 Oct 2008

UK needs 'icons of science' Science minister Lord Drayson has said that the UK needs science "icons" for students and graduates to look up to, it has been reported.

He told the BBC that he needed to make the younger generations as passionate about science as he was, saying that the creation of a British astronaut could go a long way toward inspiring the youth.

Speaking to the news provider he said: "I was nine when man landed on the Moon and I know how things have an influence on the young generation."

"What I need to do as science minister is make sure that the current generation of young people are as excited by science as I was," he added.

Lord Drayson, a multi-millionaire biotechnology businessman, was appointed to the role of science minister during Gordon Brown's reshuffle last week.

On his appointment, he said Britain had an opportunity to move up competitive science league tables and pull itself out of the economic downturn.

In related news a cluster of famous faces, including that of Hillary Clinton, have been beamed into space in a message to a planet twenty light years away, which could potentially harbour life, reports the Press Association.

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