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The whispering world of plants: ‘The Wood Wide Web’

Posted on 28. November, 2017.

The notion that plants can ‘talk’ to one another was, until relatively recently, dismissed as fantasy, but the reality of inter-plant communication is now becoming an accepted part of mainstream science. 


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Rosemary, the beneficial chemistry of a garden herb

Posted on 3. May, 2017.

Exposure to the aroma of rosemary essential oil can significantly enhance working memory in children.

This is one the findings of a study presented by Dr Mark Moss and Victoria Earle of Northumbria University at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Brighton.


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Toxicological and analytical assessment of e-cigarette refill components on airway epithelia

Posted on 11. January, 2017.

There are over 2.6 million users of e-cigarettes in the United Kingdom alone as they have been promoted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. Currently there are over 7,500 flavour variations available which have proven to be popular with younger generations. 


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Observing and understanding the ultrafast photochemistry in small molecules: applications to sunscreens

Posted on 28. October, 2016.

Ultraviolet radiation is the most energetic component of the solar spectrum which reaches the Earth, typically subdivided into the UV‑A region, UV‑B, and the most energetic region, UV‑C. These high energy components can cause major disruptions in the biochemistry of life, often in the form of chemical bond breaking.


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X makes nine: a distant ice giant in the solar system

Posted on 21. June, 2016.

Ever since Pluto lost its status as one of the main planets of our solar system and was demoted to just another frozen denizen of the Kuiper belt, we have had to make do with eight, albeit in a pleasing symmetry, with four rocky ones this side of the asteroid belt and four giants on the far side.


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Chris Rhodes elected a fellow of the RSA

Posted on 23. May, 2016.

Congratulations to Science Progress Editor, Professor Chris Rhodes, who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)!


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Current Commentary: The 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference: COP21

Posted on 6. April, 2016.

COP21 is the latest in the annual “Conference of Parties”, which began in Berlin in 1995, with a main aim to review the implementation of the “Rio Convention” – the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – which entered into force on the 21 March 1994.


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Concepts and relevance of genome-wide association studies

Posted on 11. March, 2016.

The science of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) emerged about a decade ago as a powerful scientific tool to identify genes associated with the outward traits of an organism. GWAS has been developed as a primary method for the identification of disease susceptibility genes in humans. 


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Dementia as an existential threat: the importance of self-esteem, social connectedness and meaning in life

Posted on 20. January, 2016.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a large number of illnesses, all of which involve neurodegenerative changes in the brain. The most common forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, but there are over 100 other, rarer conditions. 


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