Historically Great Britain has been at the forefront of many inventions. As a long established country that is not a surprise, the diversity of items and systems could be. The flush toilet, the Harrier Jump Jet, the crossword puzzle, the steam engine and so much more. Like all countries we have also been at the forefront of negative inventions such as concentrations camps used by the British in Souith Africa at the turn of the 20th Century, and by others for horrific purposes in the years that followed.
The latest invention is a substance called Graphene. The UK government obviously feels that this is a substance worth developing as it is putting £21.5mil into funding further research.
So what is Graphene and why could it be an important invention?
Sky News reports that:
Perhaps the British government has learned from past experience that without investment this product will go elsewhere in the World. In the past many British inventions have ultimately been developed in other countries due to a lack of funding. Chancellor Osborne hopes that the government money, which will be split between various universities and researchers will ensure that Graphene stays British.
The money will be used to try and make Graphene a usable product for example by BAE Systems and Rolls Royce. No doubt some of those companies involved will no longer be British. Such is life. Coalition Chancellor Osborne said,
"The Government moved quickly and decisively to make sure this Nobel Prize-winning technology invented here in the UK was also developed here. "It's exactly what our commitment to science and a proactive industrial strategy is all about - and we've beaten off strong global competition.