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  • Milking it

    Posted 21/01/2015 by cgodfrey
    How much for a price of milk? It’s the standard question used to sound out whether an MP is or is not ‘in touch’ with his or her constituents. At just 20 pence per litre from some retailers, however, the cost of a pint of milk now falls far short of the actual cost of production. It is a price that is simply not sustainable and is forcing farmers out of business every week, according to the UK’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. In December 2014, the Nation... Read more... Comments (0)
  • Lest we forget

    Posted 10/12/2014 by sevans
    One hundred years after the outbreak of World War 1, while the ceramic poppies have been disappearing from the moat of the Tower of London, the flower that has come to symbolise the lives lost in conflict is also disappearing from the former battle fields of northern France and Belgian Flanders. Research has found that overall plant biodiversity in the region has increased during the past 100 years; but this rise in the number of plant species is not good news. The findings highlight increasing... Read more... Comments (0)
  • Power of spit

    Posted 03/12/2014 by sevans
    Outrage seems to be the general reaction surrounding the UK launch this week of a new genetic testing kit by US biotech 23andMe. For a mere £125, the firm's DNA 'spit' test kit promises to provide information on any of 100 genetic conditions – including personal predisposition to Alzheimer's, cancer, CF and Parkinson's – along with a welter of data on whether you like sprouts, how closely you may be related to the Neanderthals, if you are a fast runner – and even your ris... Read more... Comments (0)
  • Diagnostics and defence

    Posted 19/11/2014 by cgodfrey
    Keeping your enemy in the dark about your military capabilities is one of the most basic rules of modern warfare. In the continuing war on antibiotic resistance, however, there is no choice but to use antibiotics to vanquish the infections that the bacteria cause. Read more... Comments (0)
  • Climate change

    Posted 11/11/2014 by cgodfrey
    The latest figures from the European Environment Agency (EEA) show that almost all car and van manufacturers have met European carbon dioxide emission limits several years ahead of their deadlines. Read more... Comments (0)
  • A rare consensus

    Posted 11/05/2014 by cgodfrey

    It’s rare for politicians to agree on anything, as this week’s local council and European elections have once again demonstrated. And with a general election looming next year, tensions are likely to ...

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  • Mega deals return

    Posted 08/05/2014 by sevans

    Confirmation of Pfizer’s £63bn hostile bid for the UK drug firm AstraZeneca came just too late for inclusion in the May issue of C&I – which does have a story about the other UK pharma major GSK’s...

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  • Biopolymer bonus

    Posted 05/05/2014 by cgodfrey

    A change in the focus of the biopolymer sector means that producers and marketers are now emphasising the whole value proposition for their products rather than just their renewable aspect, if speaker...

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  • Armoured underwear

    Posted 30/04/2014 by sevans

    First came antibacterial socks, guaranteed to combat foot odour. Now it appears that silver based technology is being incorporated in a new range of men’s underwear. Wireless Armour is due to go on sa...

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  • All change again...

    Posted 24/04/2014 by cgodfrey

    Just when you thought there were no more Big Pharma deals to be done, in the UK newspaper The Sunday Times over the Easter weekend, in an unconfirmed news story, Pfizer was reported to be bidding to a...

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