The wonder stuff – How peptide hydrogels could change the face of biomedicine

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With a list of characteristics and applications long enough to make most bioengineers take notice, ultrashort peptide hydrogels are fast becoming the toast of biomedicine. Here, a team from Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology tell us about their work on these little miracles…

A new lease of life

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When a large scientific company decides to leave a manufacturing or R&D plant, what happens to the state-of-the-art facilities which only these big companies can afford?

The perfect couple

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The ongoing process of developing new therapeutic drugs has driven research towards a desire to understand drug-target interactions at a molecular level. One group of potential targets attracting a great deal of attention is the G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs).

The all seeing AI

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Stephen Hawking and other high profile scientists have recently issuing stark warnings over the threat posed to humanity by advanced artificial intelligence. But aside from being a source of existential angst, the development of AI technology can give us deep insights into our own on-board…

Access all areas: How NMR made it to the benchtop


As nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy moves to the benchtop, John Paul Cerroti explores its uses in organic chemistry

A meeting of microscopic strengths

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Integrated correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) offers the possibility to study the same area on a sample using both fluorescence and electron microscopy. One of the challenges associated with integrated CLEM (iCLEM) is the preparation of samples suitable for both FM and EM.

Redefining Material Analysis

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Federico Izzia explores the trends and benefits of the development of portable and handheld Raman Spectroscopy

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? The science behind The Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

What was the star of Bethlehem? A quiet debate has been bubbling away for decades between astronomers and philosophers alike. Could some real cosmic event have led three wise men on a journey to find a new King?

From lab to the theatre: the evolution of mass spectrometry


Mike Morris discusses the ‘iKnife’ – a new concept that potentially differentiates tissue samples in real-time 

The hidden value in your lab

Hidden value in your lab

Take a look around your laboratory, there may be a wealth of instrumentation and equipment sitting unused. Ben Potenza introduces us to the concept of proactive asset management for idle equipment, and answers common questions about how this can realise the best possible return on investment

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