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Athletic bugs

Cath O’Driscoll, 13/09/2017

Elite athletes are super fit, mentally tough and strong. But their superior performance could also be partly down to the bacteria that inhabit their digestive tracts, researchers have found.

Chemistry too complex for investors

Cath O’Driscoll, 13/09/2017

Chemists need to be better at talking to investors. They need to build a better business case that demonstrates the impact of their proposed research – in a language that investors can understand.

Fat chat to aid diabetics

Cath O’Driscoll, 13/09/2017

Contrary to popular belief, our body fat doesn’t just hang around waiting to be metabolised whenever we need an energy boost. In fact, it is an endocrine organ that actively communicates with other body organs and tissues by releasing compounds that regulate energy and metabolism or help other organs respond to insulin and glucose.

Immunotherapy in focus

Hui Cai , 13/09/2017

The next five years will be the most promising in the fight against cancer with immunotherapies – such as CAR-T and moderating T-Cell approaches, and innate immunity therapies – delivering far better patient outcomes

CIA prefers single market

Neil Eisberg, 13/09/2017

The UK Chemicals Industries Association (CIA) has criticised the UK government for making the full transition for Brexit unnecessarily complex. The CIA has, for example, questioned the value of an interim customs union, and believes continuing membership of the single market is essential.

Nanobeads to save coral reefs

Cath O’Driscoll, 13/09/2017

Coral reefs are the world’s most diverse ecosystems, yet they could be in danger of disappearing altogether in the next few decades. Rising temperatures are a big part of the problem, but so too it seems is a common ingredient of sunblock.

Queen bee stress

Kathryn Roberts, 13/09/2017

Colony-founding queen bees are 26% less likely to initiate a colony after exposure to the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam. Mathematical modelling shows that this leads to a 28% increase in the likelihood of population extinction, according to researchers at Royal Holloway University of London.

Record-breaking flu threat

Maria Burke, 13/09/2017

Flu season is in full swing in Australia and 2017 has the potential to be the biggest on record, according to the Immunisation Coalition, with more than 70,000 cases of flu reported to mid-August.

Ringing the changes

Cath O’Driscoll, 13/09/2017

The ring-like patterns left behind after removing a cup of tea or coffee from a surface are a familiar household sight. But scientists say we can now exploit this same simple ‘coffee ring effect’ to analyse what’s in our tap water.

Rooftop bacteria PV

Cath O’Driscoll, 13/09/2017

Growing millions of bacteria on your rooftop may not sound like such a good idea. But scientists have now trained bacteria to grow and cover themselves with semiconductor nanocrystals that act as tiny solar panels for capturing and storing the energy from sunlight.

A Strategy for life sciences

Cath O’Driscoll, 13/09/2017

The UK government has pledged to invest £146m in ‘leading edge healthcare’ technologies to support the country’s life sciences sector. News of the investment came in late August, as Sir John Bell unveiled the results of an independent industry-led review of the UK life sciences sector, including recommendations from global companies such as AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, MSD, GSK and from healthcare groups, SMEs and charities.

Zinc battery boost

Maria Burke, 13/09/2017

Australian researchers have found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks preventing zinc-air batteries from overtaking conventional lithium-ion batteries as the power source of choice in electronic devices.