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Issue 9



Nanofibres from thin air

Cath O’Driscoll, September 2015
Researchers say they have hit on a way to make ‘“diamonds” from the sky’ – by taking carbon dioxide from the air and using it to make valuable carbon nanofibres, they reported at the ACS meeting in Boston in August 2015


Alate Green Peach Aphid

Insecticide boost

Graham Moores, September 2015
In the 1940s, the rise of commercial aviation brought about a steep increase in the risk of malaria and other vector-borne diseases in the US.


Slug troubleMay 12, 2015


Licence to operate

Stephen Chambers, September 2015
As ceo of SynbiCITE, the UK’s Synthetic Biology Innovation & Knowledge Centre, I’m pleased to say that UK synthetic biology innovation is in fine health.


Pharma blues

Neil Eisberg, September 2015
On the one hand, while developed pharmaceutical markets continue to stagnate, emerging markets appear to offer great promise.



Kevin Burgess & Andreas Ehnbom, September 2015
Bright, cell permeable fluors are central to many experiments featuring intracellular imaging or optical imaging in vivo.


A puzzling period

John Emsley, September 2015
The reaction to Mendeleyev’s periodic classification of the elements, which he published in 1869, was very different in the three leading nations of Europe.


Movers & shakers

September 2015
Delyth Morgan
Delyth Morgan has been appointed chair of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), taking over from Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK