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Bad deal for farmers?

Cath O'Driscoll, 06/12/2018

The government’s preferred Brexit ‘deal’ could see the UK move to a transitional implementation period from 29 March 2019 to 31 December 2020. During this transitional period, EU law would continue to apply as set out in the terms of the withdrawal agreement, but the UK would no longer have direct input into EU policymaking.

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Big data and disruption

Cath O'Driscoll, 06/12/2018

'Embracing digitisation from start to end’ could help to reduce costs and improve productivity in the pharmaceutical industry, says expert.

Brexit boost for innovation

Cath O'Driscoll, 06/12/2018

Strict EU regulations mean that UK farmers have access to fewer herbicides and pesticides than many of their counterparts elsewhere in the world.

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Closing window on climate

Maria Burke, 06/12/2018

Global emissions are on the rise again, according to UNEP figures. Countries must increase their efforts three-fold to keep global warming below 2°C and five-fold to meet the 1.5°C target, UNEP warns.

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Cool carbon adsorbent

Anthony King, 12/12/2018

Silica gels and zeolites are often used as adsorbents for heat pumps to reclaim waste energy, which can be re-used for heating and cooling buildings.

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Cryptography warning

Anthony King, 06/12/2018

‘Today’s cryptography is essentially broken once a quantum computer is built,’ according to Vadim Lyubashevsky, a cryptographer at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland.

Designer AI perfumes

Anthony King, 06/12/2018

The first perfumes designed by AI are slated for launch in mid-2019.

Difficult PPP dossiers

Cath O'Driscoll, 06/12/2018

EU registration dossiers needed for the sale of a plant protection product (PPP) in the EU are now ‘the largest and most expensive in the world,’ said Michael Carroll of Arysta Life Science, speaking at the BCPC Congress for crop protection experts in Brighton in November 2018.

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Faster transistors

Maria Burke, 06/12/2018

Australian researchers have developed a new type of transistor that relies on air gaps rather than silicon. The device eliminates the need for semiconductors, making it faster and less prone to heating up.

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Gene editing confusion

Maria Burke, 06/12/2018

Scientists back position paper that warns of the innovation limitations as a result of the EU GM ban.

Lower cost water filtration

Maria Burke, 06/12/2018

Conventional water filtration membranes contain pores that filter out particles larger than water molecules. However, they are prone to getting blocked up or ‘fouled’. More electricity is required to push water through fouled membranes, which must be replaced frequently.

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NICE ideas for new drugs

Cath O'Driscoll, 06/12/2018

‘The high cost of new personalised drug therapies is clearly testing what the [NHS] should pay for’, acknowledged Andrew Dillon, chief executive of the UK’s healthcare cost effectiveness watchdog NICE, speaking at the Pharma Integrates meeting in London in November 2018.

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Regulatory flows

Kathryn Roberts, 06/12/2018

A new aquatic testing facility was officially launched at Fera Science in Sand Hutton near York in November 2018.

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Sweet deal for diabetics

Anthony King, 06/12/2018

Bristol University spin-out Ziylo has been bought by Danish pharma giant Novo Nordisk, in a deal worth up to £625m. Ziylo attracted suitors after designing a molecule to catch glucose.

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