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The future of human evolution

The future of human evolution

It is a continuous and lengthy process happening right under our noses; but what does the future hold for human evolution?

How safe is your data?

How safe if your data?

What would you do if you lost your data? Mark Hahnel explores options for storing your research safely and in the process discovers that all data – even negative – could be useful

Gas analysis – the hydrogen way

Gas analysis – the hydrogen way

Hydrogen is considered by many to be the best carrier gas for gas chromatography and, in some of the more critical applications, it is already recognised as the carrier gas of choice. But what is driving this demand for ultra-high purity hydrogen and why is it proving so popular?

A catalyst for innovation

A catalyst for innovation

Tapping microbial diversity with metagenomics has opened the door to more efficient biocatalysis approaches. The PolyModE project was an ambitious attempt to harness this technique for areas as diverse as medicine to food additives 

Soap bubbles in a spin

Soap bubbles in a spin

In the February issue we reported how soap bubbles can be used to model the behaviour of twisting winds – Hamid Kellay picks up the story to give us a deeper insight into just how he goes about this amazing technique…

Algal biofuels Full bloom or dead in the water?

Algal biofuels Full bloom or dead in the water?

Could algae be the fuel of the future? This extremely diverse group of simple organisms is prominent in efforts to develop a green energy source to replace oil, but there are substantial hurdles to be overcome

A whole new generation

A whole new generation

Induced pluripotent stem cells promise much for clinical and pure research, but the reliable and robust generation of these cells has proved to be a difficult task. Here we learn of a new method which offers vector free iPSCs

Waving goodbye to traditional pharmaceutical synthesis

Waving goodbye to traditional pharmaceutical synthesis

Efficient, scalable and with few by-products – could microwave assisted synthesis become a ‘green’ success story? Professor Anant Paradkar thinks so. Here he tells us why

From the lab to the boardroom – making a biomedical start-up succeed

From the lab to the boardroom - making a biomedical start-up succeed

Michael Norris discusses the challenges which biomedical SMEs face and how putting the right management structure in place can help take a product or service to market

Science on the cold front

Science on the cold front

There are exciting areas of research that require extremely low temperatures, but getting down to near-absolute zero has its problems not least of which is the increasing scarcity of helium. Jeremy Good describes how new technology is getting around these issues   

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