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Thinking DARPA-Like

As part of its 2020 budget package, the UK is seeking to establish a research agency modeled after DARPA in the US, the Guardian reports.

DARPA, it notes, was formed as ARPA — the Advanced Research Projects Agency — during the Space Race of the Cold War to compete with the Soviet Union on a scientific front, changing its name when it shifted its focus toward defense issues. 

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