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New method for establishing the age of stars

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After measuring the spin of 30 stars, astronomers have found a way to use rotation and mass in order to derive their precise ages. 

Earth science takes on breast cancer

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Earth scientists have developed a method of zinc detection in breast tissue that they hope will allow early breast cancer diagnosis.

Easier measurement of cosmos with ‘standard ruler’

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Researchers have used data from astronomical surveys to measure large distances in the Universe rather than theoretical calculations.

Computer model offers clues for reward based behaviours

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Scientists have developed computer models to demonstrate the selective brain actions triggered by reward.

Japan aims for deep impact

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The Japanese space agency has launched a mission to return samples collected from deep within an asteroid.

Proton preference makes graphene fuel-cell friendly

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New research has shown protons easily penetrate monolayer sheets of graphene making it an attractive material for fuel-cell technology.

Chancellor puts money where mouth is for mission to Mars

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In his autumn statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has made clear Government’s intention that the UK will play a lead role in Europe’s ExoMars mission to Mars.

Job-swapping protein takes RNA role

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Scientists have shown that a protein known as Rqc2 can add specific amino acids to new proteins, a process usually done by mRNA.   

Designing complex 3D DNA scaffolds

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A new computer model allows the design of the most complex 3D DNA shapes by building DNA scaffold and customised synthetic strands of DNA.

Genomic switches hidden in ‘Loop-ome’

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By developing 3D maps of folded genomes scientists have discovered that a structural basis for gene regulation can produce different cell types.

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