Spending Review: Didcot's synchrotron escapes cuts

Diamond synchrotron The synchrotron is housed in a giant doughnut-shaped building

Funding for one of the UK's biggest science facilities has been confirmed in the Spending Review.

The Diamond synchrotron - a type of "super microscope" - is used to help research in everything from healthcare to archaeology.

The intense ultraviolet beams and X-rays it produces penetrate deep into material to reveal internal structures.

George Osborne told the Commons that the facility, housed near Didcot, Oxfordshire, would escape the cuts axe.

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He said the UK's science budget would be protected at £4.6bn a year, though efficiency savings would have be made.

It is housed in a giant doughnut-shaped building over half a kilometre in circumference, covering the size of five football pitches.

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