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Book review of Antimony, gold, and Jupiter’s wolf. Wothers has clearly done some important research into the discovery and naming of the elements in the 17th and 18th centuries and is to be congratulated in producing not only a scholarly work, but one that will appeal to the wider public.
Book review: Zwicky. The sometimes rather sketchy coverage of the relevant science in this book is outweighed by its comprehensive and highly entertaining account of the life and times of Fritz Zwicky.
This book asserts that the origin of life is inextricably linked to cosmic chemistry and argues that the evolution of life could never have started without the decisive role played by interstellar dust grains.
Mitochondria – the tiny energy generating powerhouses inside cells – are suspected of playing a key role in diseases of ageing, as well as muscle loss in the elderly, Maria Burke reports
A coronavirus that previously killed thousands of suckling pigs in China remains largely a mystery to scientists.
Prolonged global recession, high unemployment, another outbreak of infectious disease and protectionism dominate the list of near-term worries for companies, according to the World Economic Forums report, Covid-19 Risks Outlook: A Preliminary Mapping and Its Implications.
Graphene has been touted as a game changer by materials scientists, with applications envisaged in the aerospace, electronics, coatings, batteries and automotive industries.
Scientists in the US have hooked up electronics to cells, permitting genes to be controlled by applying a voltage outside of bacteria (Nature Commun., doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-16249-x).
A novel method to produce powerful, environmentally friendly disinfectants has been developed by Israeli researchers. Based on tap water, they claim it can eliminate bacteria and kill viruses.