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Researchers have developed a non-invasive method for screening for osteoporosis using the sensors in a smartphone.

Health in your hands

Cath O'Driscoll, March 2017

Researchers have developed a non-invasive method for screening for osteoporosis using the sensors in a smartphone, they reported at AAAS meeting in Boston in February. The technology exploits motion sensors called accelerometers that switch mobile phones from landscape to portrait mode when tilted on its side.


Changing cleaning habits

Cleaning Up

Neil Eisberg, March 2017

Our cleaning habits have much to do with our age, Neil Eisberg reports from Cleaning Products USA 2016 in Washington DC


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Movers and Shakers

March 2017
Sir Mark Walport

The Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, has announced that Professor Sir Mark Walport will be the chief executive designate of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). It is anticipated that UKRI will be formed in April 2018 and incorporate the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and the research funding and knowledge exchange parts of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).


More of the same

Neil Eisberg, March 2017

British chemical major ICI used to be regarded as a bellwether for the UK economy. If ICI was going well, this meant the UK economy was looking good. Germany’s BASF has been seen by many as a similar bellwether – if not entirely for the European economy, then certainly for the European chemical industry.

Global View

Bird flu has flown

Shem Oirere, March 2017

Uganda seems to have developed a strong surveillance system following a bird flu scare in 2005 when the disease spread from Egypt to bordering Sudan. The system was partly backed by the World Bank, which in 2008 provided Uganda with more than $10m