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  • 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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  • A Saharan smog

    Posted 09/04/2014 by sevans

    On my way to a meeting in London’s Kensington last week, I might have imagined I was somewhere in Asia. So shrouded in smog was the area that many of the borough’s residents had resorted to wearing fa...

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  • Shale gas and competitiveness

    Posted 02/04/2014 by sevans

    Shale gas fracking in the US has slashed energy prices and led to a $100bn boom in petrochemicals investment. But what of the prospects for fracking here in the UK? The UK Chemical Industries Associat...

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  • Resource management

    Posted 27/03/2014 by sevans

    Meeting increasing demand means improving our resource productivity – dramatically – according to Stefan Heck and Matt Rogers. Writing in the McKinsey Quarterly (March 2014). Heck, a consulting profes...

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