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Better water-splitting catalyst

Anthony King, 20/12/2017

A new catalyst has been developed for artificial photosynthesis, allowing water to be split more efficiently into protons and oxygen gas.

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Big birthday wish-list for NHS

Cath O'Driscoll, 20/12/2017

Top of the government’s birthday wish-list for the future of the NHS is faster access to innovative new medicines by 2023.

CAR-T before cancer course

Anthony King, 20/12/2017

CAR-T therapy involves taking a patient’s own immune T cells out of their body, tweaking them genetically to target cancer cells and returning them to the patient.

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Colour-change to detect fluoride

Maria Burke, 20/12/2017

A simple colour-change test to detect fluoride in drinking water could prevent a crippling bone disease in developing countries.

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e-diesel from air and water

Eric Johnson, 20/12/2017

In late 2018, German car giant Audi plans to open a shipping-container-sized plant in Laufenberg, Switzerland, to make 400,000 litres/year of ‘e-diesel’, a drop-in fuel replacement for petroleum.

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EU biotech delivers

Maria Burke, 20/12/2017

European biotech companies are significantly outperforming their US peers to deliver greater investment returns, according to a new report that claims ‘to provide a guide to how to build the most effective biotech boards’.

Industrial Strategy

Kathryn Roberts, 20/12/2017

The industrial strategy white paper, published in November 2017, sets out the government’s plans to strengthen the UK economy. Central to its vision are proposals to raise the country’s level of productivity through investment in R&D, infrastructure and skills.

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Killing fields

A. Nair, 20/12/2017

Tragically, more than 300,000 Indian farmers committed suicide between 1995 and 2015. The latest, 2015, figures show a jump of 41% over the previous year.

Magic cure for depression

Jasmin Fox-Skelly, 20/12/2017

The psychoactive compound in psychedelic ‘magic mushrooms’ could pave the way for new drugs to treat depression, according to a new study.

Nanofibre manufacturing risk

Maria Burke, 20/12/2017

Certain carbon nanotubes in manufacturing could pose the same cancer risk as asbestos, warn UK toxicologists.

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Nanovitamin fertilisers

Maria Burke, 20/12/2017

Russian researchers have developed new fertilisers based on nanopowders of transition metals.

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Safer, long lasting batteries

Maria Burke, 20/12/2017

Lithium-ion batteries power everything from mobile devices to airliners and electric cars. But when overcharged, there is a risk of spontaneous combustion. Japanese scientists believe they have created a safer battery by introducing a flame-extinguishing chemical that doesn’t reduce performance.

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World's fastest laser

Anthony King, 20/12/2017

The world’s quickest laser pulse has been fired in Switzerland.

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