Ritchie’s brilliant exposé of just about everything that is wrong with science today deserves approbation from the whole scientific community.
With journalistic flair, unlimited enthusiasm, and enviable travel funds, Moskvitch has visited radio telescopes on five continents, spoken to many of the key researchers including Jocelyn Bell, and managed to connect a surprising number of dots to give a big picture view of the Universe.
Ever since science first stumbled across them, molecules have mainly been used to produce things, from materials to drugs to pesticides. Increasingly, they are now being called on to perform other tasks, from operating entirely new forms of computing to probing the secrets of the universe, as Jon Evans reports. Read the feature in C&I Magazine.
A growing mountain of electronic waste is piling up. But recycling is not yet economically attractive, with few incentives for companies to design products with end of use in mind at the outset, reports Katrina Megget. Read the full feature article in C&I Magazine.
If there is one thing the various diverse ideas for the future of our cities have in common, it is they all draw inspiration from the natural world.
To fight Covid requires lots of plastics – in disposable face masks, gloves, and medical gowns and lab test kits, for example. But how can we avoid adding to the already burgeoning plastics pollution problem?
Scientists have made a battery comprised of a polypeptide backbone decorated with viologen and nitroxide radicals. The approach avoids the ethical and environmental issues associated with obtaining lithium and cobalt, key constituents of lithium-ion batteries. Read the C&I Magazine article.
A natural analgesic with a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine could pave the way to a new approach in pain management – by interacting with a recently discovered opioid receptor (Sig. Transduct. Target Ther., doi: 10.1038/s41392-021-00548-w). Read the C&I Magazine news story.
Covid-19 may be a blood-borne disease, infecting humans through the mouth – challenging the current view the virus is inhaled into the lungs as in respiratory diseases like the flu, a new paper hypothesises. This new model of SARS-CoV-2 infection could, if proven, affect how Covid-19 is prevented and treated. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Millions of people relying on boreholes and public taps for drinking water in Ghana, Mali and Niger are being exposed to excessive lead and other toxic metals, according to a new study. Read the full article in C&I Magazine.