A testosterone-containing nasal spray has been tested as an anxiety medication in women by scientists in the US. The spray would be the first testosterone therapy licensed to treat anxiety disorders, say researchers at the University of Texas, Austin. The Austin group is preparing to publish results from two studies on the effect of the testosterone spray on women. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Chemicals major Ineos has donated £100m to the University of Oxford to establish a new antimicrobials research facility in the city – claimed to be ‘one of the largest ever donations to a UK university’. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Battery scientists have described a selfheating battery that quickly reaches 60°C and is rapidly charged and discharged. The battery, based on lithium iron phosphate (LFP), could boast a range of 250 miles and be charged in 10 minutes.
Scientists have constructed for the first time a metamaterial with mechanical properties that can be reprogrammed after manufacture – by applying an applied external magnetic field (Nature, doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-03123-5).
A dab of chilli spice boosts the amount of energy solar cells can harvest from sunlight. The compound capsaicin, which puts the heat into chilli peppers, allowed the surface of a perovskite solar cell to reach an efficiency of 21.88% (Joule, doi: 10.1016/j.joule.2020.12.009).
Hydrogen sulfide – responsible for rotten egg odours – appears to protect brains from a key protein abnormality seen in Alzheimer’s disease, at least in mice.
Loris Medart, founder of feed systems manufacturer SR-Tek, outlines how introducing transparency into a process can prevent product faults, support planned interventions, and ensure consistent production. Read the feature in C&I Magazine.
Some of the measures announced by governments to contain the spread of Covid-19 could have disrupted malaria control and treatment programmes in malaria-prone African countries, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). Read the C&I Magazine news article.
Researchers have gleaned evidence of trade links between the Near East and South Asia during the Bronze Age by analysing ancient teeth. The teeth tartar revealed that Bronze Age people in the Levant ate staple foods such as cereals, sesame and dates, but also feasted on more exotic fare such as soya bean, turmeric and perhaps banana. Read more in C&I Magazine.
After all the tumult and turmoil, the new US administration has hit the ground running – with a focus on science and a bold list of targets for its first 100 days. On the day of his inauguration, President Joseph Biden signed a whole slew of executive orders, reversing many legislative actions of the previous administration. Read C&I Magazine.