Zimbabwe fertiliser manufacturers can now access foreign currency for import of critical raw materials, equipment and machinery after the government recently introduced a foreign exchange auction system. Read more in C&I Magazine.
Scientists in the US have created a polymer that self assembles using non-covalent bonds in a way that mimics the dynamic construction of proteins and DNA in biology. Read the article in C&I Magazine.
Emissions of nitrous oxide from man-made activities increased by 30% over the past four decades – to 7.3 teragrams (1Tg = 1 x 1012g)/year of nitrogen, according to a new comprehensive global inventory. Nitrogen fertiliser additions to crops accounted for most of the rise (Nature, doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2780-0). Read more in C&I Magazine.
Namibia has launched a livestock vaccination emergency programme to control possible nationwide spread of a new wave of the highly contagious viral Foot and Mouth disease (FMD). Read more in C&I Magazine.
Chemists in Denmark claim to have invented a green tech process to convert seawater into drinking water in a few minutes using carbon dioxide. Seawater is already a vital source of drinking water around the world, but large plants are energy intensive and often powered by fossil fuels. The scientists at the University of Copenhagen hope their technology could offer an almost zero-energy desalination technology. Read more in C&I Magazine.
The future companies will look drastically different from today. Companies that do not evolve and invest in sustainability initiatives and digital transformation will not survive the change. Read more in C&I Magazine.
A new way to depolymerise polyethylene (PE) produces liquid alkylaromatics that could find application as feedstock for surfactants, lubricants and refrigerants. Manufacture of such compounds from waste PE could one day displace or supplement fossil fuel–based routes, the researchers believe. Read more in C&I Magazine
Antibodies that disrupt the PD-L1•PD-1, checkpoint inhibitors, are a direct approach to immunotherapy. However, several indirect, more subtle, strategies are emerging to control levels of PD-L1 expression on tumors, and this Highlights discusses a few.
As the regulatory framework for cultured meat evolves, we can expect stringent biosafety standards to emerge and, if inventors are able to obtain patents ... they could be in a strong position to license their portfolio for significant royalties. Read the comment in C&I Magazine.