This article from the Guardian reports that a group of UK research universities has proposed a plan to help secure funding now -- and, with luck, jump-start the economy in the future. "Led by Imperial College London, they want ministers to create a £1bn fund to finance the early stages of university spin-outs - companies that could become money spinners in a few years' time and help boost the UK economy after the recession," the article says.

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