In a spin: The maturing technology of Nanofibres

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From biotechnology to thermoplastics and back again – applications for nanofibres seems endless while the electrospinning process has made the tricky move from lab curiosity to commercially viable manufacturing process

Can genomics lead the fight against antimicrobial resistance?

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As antimicrobial resistance becomes a global problem, Ruth Massey and Anita Justice explore whether genome sequencing has a part to play in the on-going battle

What to do about the laboratory skills gap


With an ageing technical workforce and a growing skills gap, the science, technology and engineering industries are facing a tough future. What can we do now to keep the UK at the forefront of technological innovation? Terry Croft from the University of Sheffield explains

Cutting the mustard: novel detection of Chemical Warfare Agents

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Successful detection of chemical warfare agents is a difficult but vital task. Scientists at Dstl Porton Down have developed a new and unlikely tool in the fight against these abhorrent weapons

To catch a killer


As the body count continues to rise – do we have any defence against Ebola virus?

Finding the needle

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Bob Newport, Professor of Materials Physics at the University of Kent, has nominated the work of John Enderby and Peter Egelstaff in the 1960s on neutron diffraction as his Great British Scientific breakthrough

The longest microfluidic device in the world?


A new generation of miniaturised microfluidic devices is set to make multiplex quantitation of biomarkers affordable and portable

The chemistry of conservation


We find out why chemistry is vital in preserving whale skeletons at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

How to be adaptable

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Adrian Gainer explains what it takes to build the perfect adaptable laboratory

Right/wrong: The blurred lines of ethical publishing

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The pressure to publish and the power struggle of paper authorships are very real factors in modern science – but can they potentially lead to the blurring of ethical lines? We speak to Dr Steven Bradshaw on why he believes there’s a grey zone between scientific dishonesty and good scientific…

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