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Current Commentary: Roman concrete for durable, eco-friendly construction – applications for tidal power generation, and protection against sea level rise

Posted on 9. May, 2018.

A recent study has provided further insight into the cause of the remarkable durability of Roman concrete. As is stressed in the paper, the Ancient Romans were well aware of the robustness of their concrete, which they named opus caementicium.

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Moonlighting proteins – nature’s Swiss army knives

Posted on 22. February, 2018.

The human body is an amazingly complex machine with billions of cells that work together to perform a vast number of biochemical processes, each requiring hundreds or thousands of protein machines to serve as the structures and to synthesise the components, convert food to the chemical energy, break down old components, regulate all these processes and coordinate with other components, cells, and organs.

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Photosynthesis, pigment–protein complexes and electronic energy transport: simple models for complicated processes

Posted on 18. December, 2017.

Essentially all the accessible energy for life in the Earth’s biosphere is made available through the process of photosynthesis, the conversion of light energy from the Sun into storable chemical energy for metabolism. The process itself has been the subject of remarkable evolution throughout Earth’s history.

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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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