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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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Science Progress

Posted on 20. December, 2013.

In 2013, Science Progress has continued to deliver topical and diverse reviews by leading authorities from across the world.

In the latest issue, Professor Rod Bilton discusses the impact of climate change and diet on the evolution of human energy metabolism in “Averting comfortable lifestyle crises”.

Through the last three millennia observant physicians have noted the association of inappropriate diets with increased incidence of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and over the past 300 years doctors in the UK observed that overeating increased the incidence of these diseases.


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Universities in a Changing Climate: from Shambles to Resilience

Posted on 11. July, 2013.

Chris Rhodes, editor of Science Progress, spoke recently at the Swindon Climate Action Network's event during the 2013 Swindon Festival of Literature.


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Chris Rhodes sworn in as Fellow of the Linnean Society

Posted on 11. July, 2013.

Professor Chris Rhodes, editor of Science Progress, was formally admitted as a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London (FLS) on 21st March 2013.


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Peak phosphorus - peak food? The need to close the phosphorus cycle

Posted on 4. July, 2013.

The peak in the world production of phosphorus has been predicted to occur in 2033, based on world reserves of rock phosphate (URR) reckoned at around 24,000 million tonnes (Mt), with around 18,000 Mt remaining. This figure was reckoned-up to 71,000 Mt, by the USGS, in 2012, but a production maximum during the present century is still highly probable.


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Optical trapping of nanoparticles by ultrashort laser pulses

Posted on 24. April, 2013.

Replacing the continuous-wave- with a pulsed-mode laser in optical trapping reveals novel phenomena, including the stable trap, modifiable trapping positions, and controllable directional ejections of particles on nanometre scales. This opens unprecedented opportunities in both fundamental science and application. Hiroshi Masuhara and his colleagues discuss in Science Progress the electromagnetic formulations and physical interpretations of these new phenomena. Their aim is to show the beauty and promise of this field.


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Feeding and healing the world: through regenerative agriculture and permaculture

Posted on 15. January, 2013.

Let us look a little more closely at fracking for shale gas and shale oil, which has led to a promise of energy independence for the USA, if not the rest of the world.


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Feeding and healing the world

Posted on 20. December, 2012.

The study of soil is a mature science, whereas related practical methods of regenerative agriculture and permaculture are not. In the latest issue of Science Progress, Chris Rhodes elucidates the scientific basis of these remarkable phenomena, and shows how we may solve some of the otherwise insurmountable problems confronting humanity, simply by observing, and working with, the patterns and forces of nature.


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Biochar, soils and carbon capture

Posted on 24. October, 2012.

Could the creation of artificial terra preta assist sustainable agriculture, and possibly avert global warming? In his latest Current Commentary, Chris Rhodes considers the advantages of adding charcoal – “biochar” – to soil with the aim of recreating the properties of the dark earth. Biochar binds the essential nutrients N, P and K, and impedes dramatically the rate at which they are washed away by rain. Minute pores form in the charcoal which can hold more nutrients on its larger surface area and act as "condominiums" for microorganisms to grow in and so increases their density in the soil. However, to be effective, the biochar production process must produce more energy overall than it consumes.


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