All the latest movers & shakers from the science industry in June 2023.
Until the mid-1970s, chemists and biologists studying complex biological systems were largely preoccupied with deconstructing the systems into their component parts, in futile attempts to discover how the parts interacted to make the whole system work. The major change came when biological research shifted its focus toward accessing individual cells for the purpose of manipulating their DNA and modifying the functioning of genes.
Dennis Rouvray reviews the book "Nanomaterials for photodynamic therapy" by P. Kesharwani about the vital role played by the sun in promoting health. Read the review.
The UK government has confirmed that it will not grant any new licences for animal testing of chemicals exclusively intended for use as ingredients in cosmetics.
An upcoming clinical trial in the US could provide a promising new treatment option for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. The new targeted therapy will be available to patients across the country, from the comfort of their own home.
The price of lithium carbonate quadrupled from early 2021 to the end of 2022, raising interest in lithium mining and recycling. Now, UK startup Watercycle is putting its membrane filtration technology into action to extract lithium from waste streams and brines.
Grid and pricing volatility is a major challenge for the energy intensive chemicals industry. But the sector can reduce reliance on external factors by implementing on-site energy solutions. Read the comment by David Kipling, CEO On-Site Energy
An ultra-cooling paint that a father and son began developing in their garage has attracted international investment.
In its Global Commitment Progress Report for 2022, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation states that the target to completely implement reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging by 2025 will ‘likely not be met’ by most business signatories, with the use of flexible plastic packaging highlighted as a major contributing factor.
The holy grail of an on-demand contraceptive for men is a step closer after scientists were able to stop sperm from swimming in mice.