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

Lab design adaptable lab

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

Right/wrong: The blurred lines of ethical publishing

Ethics right wrong

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…

Curbing our animal instinct: How 3R technology is aiming at superiority

animal testing mouse

From stem cells to human-on-a-chip devices, opportunities for applying the 3Rs are intimately related to the development of new technologies but the real key to their uptake, says Dr Ian Ragan, is the acceptance of their superiority by scientists

The challenges of going remote

The challenges of going remote

In recent years, advances in technology have radically improved the quality and reliability of remote environmental monitoring; Neill Cornwell examines some of the key challenges and explains how they are being overcome.

Uncovering the truth of fibrosis

Clinical chemistry lung

Despite its essential role in the normal wound healing process, fibrosis in humans is most often discussed in its pathological context – an irreversible, progressive and, ultimately, fatal disease. Although it can occur at any age, pathological fibrosis involving diverse organ systems increases…

Stopping the air from turning blue

Stopping the air from turning blue

Concerns are being raised that some biofuel crops may increase the production of a climate changing gas known as isoprene – now research suggests microbes in the soil could combat the effects of this gas and improve air quality. We hear from the scientists behind a project examining the role of…

Data management – the key to safe fracking?

fracking software LIMS

Over the last few years, rapid technology developments related to fracking have spawned significant opportunity for the oil and gas industry, but that growth has led to controversial and well-publicised environmental issues. LIMS has the potential to make the lab an essential part of the safety…

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