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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…

A taste for flavour characterisation

flavour analysis mouth

Flavour and aroma analysis is important to many industries, from the obvious – such as the food, drink and fragrance sectors – to the less evident, such as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The techniques and tools now available to flavour analysts are extremely sophisticated; sometimes however, you…

A standard solution for atmospheric science

A standard solution for atmospheric science

Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have produced the world’s first synthetic air reference standard which can be used to accurately measure levels of carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere. Paul Brewer, Principal Research Scientist at NPL explains

A gap in the clouds

A gap in the clouds web

While much of our climate is well characterised and modelled, there is something of a gaping hole in our understanding – the nuts and bolts of how a cloud actually begins to form. Now, an experiment based at an institution more known for smashing sub-atomic particles together promises a…

Fit for purpose?

Water purification assay

Almost every laboratory experiment and diagnostic assay relies on using pure water to generate results that can be trusted. Jim Keary explains why selecting the right water supply is more important and complex than you might think

Biological production by human design

Synthetic biology

Paul Gemmill discusses why synthetic biology has become such a growth area and what the research councils are doing to foster this growth in the UK

Celebrating Great British Science

CGBS web

As part of our Celebrating Great British Science campaign, Gary Harland explains how a hidden ‘Manchester Hub’ has been the driving force behind the evolution of Mass Spectrometry

Biological production by human design

Synthetic biology

Rapid advances in synthetic biology have made it possible to convert biomass to chemicals, fuels and materials, and produce new therapeutic drugs, all of which promise significant economic growth. Richard Kitney, Professor of BioMedical Systems Engineering at Imperial College considers the…

The starkest of contrasts

The starkest of contrasts

In mid-April, the latest volume from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was published, assessing current and future action to reduce carbon emissions. Coincidentally this came out just as the annual figures on global military spending were released.

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