Plastic waste is increasingly at the forefront of environmental concerns, from overflowing landfill sites to plastics littering the oceans. While we are familiar with shopping bags and fleece jackets made from repurposed PET bottles, they are something of an outlier, as many other plastics are difficult, if not impossible, to recycle into functional materials.
Easily prepared versions of the natural clay bentonite may one day offer a cheaper approach to removing synthetic oestrogens from water, according to a new study (Environ. Eng. Sci., doi: org/10.1089/ees.2020.0048). Read more in C&I Magazine.
An increasingly hotter and drier climate is set to put further strain on terrestrial water resources. But scientists are eyeing water in the atmosphere as an alternative source, XiaoZhi Lim reports. Read the feature article in Issue 11 2020 of C&I Magazine.
As 2020 slowly winds down, and the world continues to struggle with the on-going Covid pandemic, in the UK, another deadline is looming – the end of the transition period and its final departure from the EU. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Neonicotinoid insecticides are highly persistent and can contaminate freshwater and the nectar and pollen of crops and wildflowers. Their use is heavily restricted in the EU. Read more in C&I Magazine
The world is heading towards a data explosion. Could DNA be the answer to our storage problems? Katrina Megget investigates. Read the feature in C&I Magazine.
Air pollution is linked to greater hospital admissions for brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Researchers have charted gene activity in mouse immune cells over the course of a model infection to create the first full dynamic map of how cells learn to fight microbes, and then preserve a memory of this for future infections. The findings could help scientists develop new vaccines and therapeutics for a range of diseases. Read more in C&I Magazine.
To survive, grow and divide, cells rely on numerous different enzymes that catalyse many successive reactions. Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have developed a precisely controllable system for mimicking these biochemical reaction cascades. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Fusion research has achieved a milestone with the news in October 2020 of the ‘powering up’ of the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s latest fusion research machine, the Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) Upgrade. The machine has achieved ‘first plasma’ meaning that it was able to generate a mass of electrically-charged gas plasma in its core. Read more in C&I Magazine.