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Arctic superbugs

Anthony King, 20/03/2019

Scientists studying DNA in soil samples from Svalbard in the High Arctic have discovered a surprisingly large number of clinically-important antibiotic resistance genes.

Biorefinery for dairy waste

Anthony King, 20/03/2019

Construction will begin later in 2019 on a first-of-its kind biorefinery in Ireland.

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Blood test for pain

Maria Burke, 20/03/2019

A blood test to measure pain promises to allow doctors the ability to provide more targeted treatments.

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Carbon dioxide back to coal

Cath O'Driscoll, 20/03/2019

An estimated 40Gt of carbon dioxide is emitted annually around the world.

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Ceramic aerogel

Maria Burke, 20/03/2019

Researchers have created a new extremely light and durable ceramic aerogel.

Combatting microfibres

Neil Eisberg, 20/03/2019

Concern about plastic microparticles in the environment was addressed by a material scientist, Melik Demiral from Penn State University.

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Disease resistant library

Maria Burke, 20/03/2019

A new method to rapidly recruit disease resistance genes from wild plants and transfer them into domestic crops has been developed.

Flavonoid life extender

Anthony King, 20/03/2019

A natural compound has been found to delay ageing in lab animals and human cells.

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Gene therapy for eyes

Anthony King, 20/03/2019

The world’s first gene therapy operation to tackle a type of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has been performed in the UK.

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Perils of indoor air quality

Neil Eisberg, 20/03/2019

While concerns about air pollution for vehicles, power stations etc make headline news, the quality of the air in our houses is overlooked.

Polymers from sulfur

Maria Burke, 20/03/2019

Sulfur is abundant and relatively cheap, and can also form stable polymers when reacted with organic crosslinker molecules in a process called ‘inverse vulcanisation’.

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Safe medicines system

Maria Burke, 20/03/2019

Europe has launched the world’s first system to verify the authenticity of billions of prescribed medicines using new technology run by stakeholders.

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Science opens up

Neil Eisberg, 20/03/2019

Open science has been adopted by Aled Edwards, a professor of molecular genetics at the University of Toronto, Canada, for genetic drug discovery.

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Shell buys solar battery supplier

Anthony King, 20/03/2019

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to buy German company Sonnen.

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Shining a light on viruses

Neil Eisberg, 20/03/2019

The UK’s national synchrotron science facility, Diamond Light Source, launched a citizen science project at the AAAS annual meeting.

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Storing energy a pipe dream

Jack Ponton, 20/03/2019

All but the most dedicated renewable energy enthusiasts now seem to understand that powering a modern society will require something else in addition to intermittent electricity generation.

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