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Food forensics: how AI can smell authentic olive oil

Extra virgin olive (EVO) oils are highly complex. Here, Prof Chiara Cordero discusses the application of an AI smelling machine to analyse, qualify, categorise, and authenticate olive oil and counter…

Comment And Analysis

Quantum of challenge

Its market value will soon be measured in billions, yet quantum computing has yet to reach a marketable state and don’t expect it to replace classic computers, says Scott Jordan. So what’s all the fu…


Science, in the cause of justice

Dame Sue Black shares her thoughts on forensic science, its uses and limitations, the impact of modern technologies and offers a steer to those seeking to follow in her footsteps.

Focal Point

Water droplet

This amazing image – Crack Patterns I, by Thomas Séon – shows a water droplet falling onto a silicon substrate at -36°C...