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3D polymers with liquid crystals

Maria Burke, 16/01/2019

Using magnetic fields, researchers have managed to control the molecular structure of liquid crystalline elastomers (LCEs) and create microscopic 3D polymer shapes that can be programmed to move in any direction in response to heat and light.

Better AI batteries

Maria Burke, 16/01/2019

While lithium-ion batteries power work well in mobile electronic devices, they are not so useful in renewable energy applications as they are hampered by limited cycle life, safety concerns and relatively high costs.

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Cartilage regenerator compound

Maria Burke, 16/01/2019

A new material that penetrates deep into cartilage is offering hope to patients. Cartilage protects the joints, but is not easily replaced once damaged, as in osteoarthritis sufferers.

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Cheaper hydrogen catalyst

Maria Burke, 16/01/2019

Chemists have discovered a new way to make cheaper catalysts for producing hydrogen from water.

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Deal for life sciences

Maria Burke, 16/01/2019

In 2018, the UK government’s Life Sciences Sector Deal set out how it would implement the first phase of its Life Sciences Industrial Strategy.

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Electrodes from food waste

Anthony King, 16/01/2019

At Imperial College London, materials scientist Maria-Magdalena Titirici will use pressurised hydrothermal treatment to transform food waste into carbon suitable for sodium battery electrodes.

H2 storage record

Anthony King, 16/01/2019

A world record for hydrogen storage capacity under normal operating conditions has been set using metal organic frameworks (MOFs) – porous materials with metal ions and bridging organic ligands.

HIV therapy may help AD

Cath O'Driscoll, 16/01/2019

Researchers claim to have identified thousands of genetic variants of the APP gene that codes for the protein in the brains of patients with the most common form of Alzheimer’s disease.

Neonics ban threatens wheat yields

Anthony King, 16/01/2019

An EU insecticide ban means UK crops are vulnerable to aphids and the diseases they carry, agricultural scientists warn.

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Using air for energy storage

Anthony King, 16/01/2019

A UK company has found a way of harnessing air to store energy. The liquid air energy storage (LAES) technology is being pioneered by UK company Highview Power, which has built the world’s first grid-connected LAES plant – opened in June 2018 – at Pilsworth South Landfill near Manchester

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