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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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Nutrimetabonomics: nutritional applications of metabolic profiling

Posted on 20. March, 2014.

An individual’s metabolic phenotype, and ultimately health, is significantly influenced by complex interactions between their genes and the diet. Studying these associations and their downstream biochemical consequences has proven extremely challenging using traditional hypothesis-led strategies. Metabonomics, a systems biology approach, allows the global metabolic response of biological systems to stimuli to be characterized.


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The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident - Free Commentary

Posted on 11. March, 2014.

With a total output of 4.7 GW, the Fukushima I (Daiichi) nuclear power plant was on the list of the world’s 15 largest NPPs, consisting of six light water, boiling water reactors (BWR).


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Platinum anticancer drugs and photochemotherapeutic agents: recent advances and future developments

Posted on 3. March, 2014.

Platinum-based chemotherapeutic drugs such as cisplatin, carboplatin and oxaliplatin are widely applied for the treatment of various types of tumours. Over the last few decades, a large variety of Pt(II) and Pt(IV) complexes have been developed to improve the applicability in a wider spectrum of cancers, increase their therapeutic window and reduce the dose-limiting side effects.


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Gastrointestinal Diseases of Napoleon in Saint Helena: causes of death

Posted on 26. February, 2014.

One hundred and eighty one years after the death of Napoleon I, the circumstances of his death remain very controversial. Until relatively recently, it was assumed that he had died of stomach cancer. This diagnosis was essentially supported by the data in the remarkable autopsy performed and reported by his last doctor in Saint Helena, Francesco Antommarchi.


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Free to read in Science Progress - Chemistry in the clouds: the role of aerosols in atmospheric chemistry

Posted on 24. February, 2014.

Ever since the discovery of the ozone hole over the Antarctic and the recognition of the damaging effects of acid rain, the role of atmospheric aerosol particles in determining the chemical balance of the atmosphere has received much attention. 


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An outline of object-oriented philosophy

Posted on 21. February, 2014.

The term “object-oriented philosophy” was initially borrowed in jest from computer science, but took on a life of its own. It is one variant of a broader philosophical trend known as speculative realism. Together these schools raise interesting questions about the relationship between philosophy and science, and the role of metaphysics in human knowledge. 


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From Test Tube to Turner: The Role of The Chemist in Art

Posted on 18. February, 2014.

Most modern art galleries arrange their collections in chronological order and to the average viewer it often the changes in style, fashion or subject matter that is indicative of the passage of time. Far less noted, although possibly more obvious is the change in paint which occurred.


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Applications of bioremediation and phytoremediation

Posted on 17. February, 2014.

The decontamination of soil and water from pollutants using microorganisms is known as bioremediation. This can occur naturally or be stimulated, e.g. by the application of fertilisers.  More recently it has been shown that through the addition of matched microbe strains to the medium, the effectiveness of the resident microbe population to decompose contaminants may be enhanced.


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