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Darwin endures, despite disparagement

Posted on 12. April, 2018.

Evolution lies at the heart of the life sciences, and Charles Darwin is a towering historical figure within evolutionary science. One testimony to his lasting influence is that declaring Darwin to have been wrong all along remains a provocative way to command attention. 

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Lithium-ion batteries on micro and nano scales

Posted on 24. October, 2012.

Lithium-ion batteries offer high energy density, flexibility, lightness in weight, design and longer lifespan than comparable battery technologies. A brief historical review of the development of Li-ion rechargeable batteries highlights the research strategies and the challenges of the synthesis, characterisation, electrochemical performance and safety of these systems. Moving from bulk materials to the nanoscale can significantly change electrode and electrolyte properties and consequently their performance in devices for energy storage and conversion.

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Disruptive technology of additive manufacturing

Posted on 24. October, 2012.

Additive manufacturing could radically change the way in which many products are made and distributed. It fabricates components directly from 3D computer models by selectively depositing, curing, or consolidating materials one layer upon the next. It has state of the art applications. Additive manufacturing is already a valuable tool for surgeons to better understand unique, intricate anatomical relationships that are difficult to visualise using two-dimensional images.

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Robert Hooke, polymath and flights of fancy

Posted on 24. October, 2012.

Robin Rowbury, in his final article for Science Progress, paid tribute to Robert Hooke in a series of “thumbnail sketches”. A polymath, Hooke was a gifted artist and scientist whose ideas were often pirated or under-rated.

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Can Solar Fuels Avert A Petroleum Fuel Crisis?

Posted on 20. September, 2012.

The world population uses vast amounts of energy mainly obtained from fossil fuels. Renewable energy from all sources amounts to just above 1% of the total required. In his latest current commentary for Science Progress, Chris Rhodes shows how by capturing even a small amount of the solar radiation striking the top of the earth’s atmosphere, the imminent energy crisis could be averted and carbon emissions dramatically reduced.

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Muonium - the second radioisotope of hydrogen: a remarkable and unique radiotracer in the chemical, materials, biological and environmental science

Posted on 17. July, 2012.

Muonium, the second radioisotope of hydrogen, is a remarkable and unique radiotracer in the chemical, materials, biological and environmental sciences. Its use as a radioactive and magnetic probe of kinetic and structural properties is reviewed in the latest issue of Science Progress.

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Professor Robin Rowbury...

Posted on 16. July, 2012.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Robin Rowbury, long standing editor of Science Progress, on his beloved Isle of Wight, on the evening of 11th July 2012.

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Microfluidics and the life sciences

Posted on 25. June, 2012.

As the microelectronic revolution changed the way in which electronic components and circuits were manufactured 50 years ago that led to an explosive growth in the applications of integrated circuits and a birth of new industries, a similar development can be seen with the introduction of miniaturisation in the life sciences with the initial concept of the so-called “miniaturised total analysis system” (μ-TAS), also often called “Lab-on-a-Chip” technology.

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Sir William Ramsay and the Noble Gases

Posted on 24. April, 2012.

Sir William Ramsay was one of the world’s leading scientists at the end of the 19th century, and in a spectacular period of research between 1894 and 1898, he discovered five new elements. These were the noble gases, helium, neon, argon, krypton, and xenon; they added a whole new group to the Periodic Table of the elements, and provided the keystone to our understanding of the electronic structure of atoms, and the way those electrons bind the atoms together into molecules.

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