Sir James 'Vacuum Cleaner' Dyson has launched a £1.4m professorship development fund with Cambridge University, hoping to come up with the inventions and technologies that may make future vacuums suck even better.
Centred around fluid mechanics, Dyson's scheme wants to encourage "speculative" research in areas where nothing may actually come to fruition, with Dyson saying the newly created professor of fluid mechanics and his team "can do what they want to do" and follow whatever path interests them.
In fact, that's the main idea. Dyson wants new brains to think of concepts his current engineers can't even imagine, encouraging and nurturing British engineering in the process. [Guardian]