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Defra’s ‘world-leading’ microbeads ban comes into effect

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From today, retailers in England and Scotland will no longer be able to sell cosmetics and other personal care products that contain microbeads.

SCI AGM 2018 Voting now open

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We are pleased to say that we have seen strong interest from a wide range of members who wish to participate in SCI's governance. As there are more candidates than positions for the Chair and Ordinary Members of the Board of Trustees there will be an election.

#SCIPEL: Casting light on a greener future

Martyn Poliakoff

On Wednesday 25 April 2018 at his Public Evening Lecture, Sir Martyn discussed the role of photochemistry – the study of light’s effects on chemical reactions – in creating a greener and more sustainable society as essential resources deplete.

AstraZeneca's hyperkalaemia drug approved

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved AstraZeneca’s drug for the treatment of adults with hyperkalaemia – Lokelma (sodium zirconium cyclosilicate), formerly ZS-9.

GDPR is coming this Friday

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GDPR comes into force on Friday 25 May. Here's what you need to know.

3D cell aggregates could improve accuracy of drug screening

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An innovative new screening method using cell aggregates shaped like spheres may lead to the discovery of smarter cancer drugs, a team from the Scripps Research Institute, California, US, has reported.

Could graphene solve the water shortage?

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In Manchester, UK, the development of graphene – a material comprised of a single-layer of carbon in a honeycomb structure – is revolutionising modern membrane desalination and water filtration techniques.

Pest Management Science highlights: Neonicotinoids

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In response to the recent EU ban, SCI’s Pest Management Science journal has made a number of related papers free to access to better inform on the pros and cons of neonicotinoids.

Rideal travel bursary recipient, Girvani Manoharan, reports from Gaithersburg, USA.

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Girvani Manoharan was awarded a Rideal Travel Bursary in October 2017 to travel to the NIST Centre for Neutron Research (NCNR) at Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. Gurvani is a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen. Here, she describes how this research has broadened her scientific interests and the opportunity to present her research to the glass science community and receive valuable feedback.

3D printing: from cardiology to cartilage

3d printing is helping cardiologists to plan operations and reduce risk.

As a review paper reports that 3D printing is transforming treatment for congenital heart disease, UK researchers have reported a breakthrough in bioprinting of human tissue materials.