• The UK’s plan to create a $1 billion blue-skies innovation agency has been set back after the government’s top candidate to run it dropped out.
  • Renowned Australian computer scientist Michael Nielsen had been lined up to run the agency but dropped out in July or August, one source told Business Insider. Nielsen did not respond to requests for comment.
  • Nielsen, based in San Francisco, felt he would not have enough freedom to run the agency as he wished, the source said.
  • A government spokesman said: “The government continues to progress plans to establish the agency as soon as possible.”
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The UK’s efforts to establish a new $1 billion moonshots agency for cutting-edge research have been set back after the top candidate to lead it dropped out of the running.

Renowned Australian quantum physicist and programmer Michael Nielsen was the favored candidate, a source

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  • The father-in-law of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief adviser has apparently said that Johnson plans to resign in six months.
  • Dominic Cummings’ father-in-law, Humphry Wakefield, reportedly told a woman interviewed by The Times of London that the prime minister would quit early next year over lingering health problems caused by the coronavirus.
  • Johnson was admitted to an intensive-care unit with COVID-19 in April but returned to work just weeks later.
  • Wakefield is said to have compared Johnson’s condition to that of an injured horse that returns to work too soon.
  • “If you put a horse back to work when it’s injured, it will never recover,” he was quoted as saying.
  • A Downing Street source described the claim Johnson planned to stand down as “utter nonsense.”
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The father-in-law of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s closest aide has reportedly said Johnson plans to stand

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