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The feel good factor

A painfully direct question from a paralyzed patient set Professor Samantha Butler on a path to understand the neurobiology of touch and how we might rebuild damaged sensory circuits to restore sensory experiences. Here she tell us just how close her research is to finding out…

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A potent analytical force

Pharma companies need more information on drug candidates at an earlier phase in the process than ever before, and analytical chemists are turning to quantitative Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (qNMR) spectrometry to give them the answers says Dr Clemens Anklin…

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The future character of medicine

Nanotechnology offers great promise for the improvement of the treatment of a number of diseases. However, access to the expertise and methodologies required to characterise new nanomaterials is limited. The European Nanotechnology Characterisation Laboratory is set to change this…

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Is there a risk in being a beach bum?

A recent study looking at the gut bacteria of surfers has given good reason for concern over the potential harm that resistant bacteria in natural environments pose to human health. Dr Anne Leonard tells us about the Beach Bum study and why we need to act now to preserve our enjoyment of natural spaces  

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Some like it hot

The problem of ‘hot electrons’ mean that photovoltaic cells only harvest part of the sunlight they receive. if we could harvest this excess energy, we could double the efficiency of solar cells says Professor Maria Antonietta Loi…

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