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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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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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Common nano-materials and their use in real world applications

Posted on 15. March, 2012.

Today engineered nano-materials have attracted a great deal of attention due to their important properties which have given birth to vast technological and economic growth in a number of industrial sectors.


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RSC President Professor David Phillips receives CBE in Queen's New Year's honours list

Posted on 5. January, 2012.

Commenting on the announcement, Professor Phillips said today: "I am delighted and honoured to accept the CBE for services to chemistry."


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Atomic evidence: the foundations of structural molecular biology

Posted on 19. December, 2011.

David S. Goodsell is an Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA (E-mail: goodsell@scripps.edu). In his research, he develops computational tools to study the basic principles of biomolecular structure and function. He is author of the Molecule of the Month at the Protein Data Bank, which presents the structure and function of a new protein each month. His illustrated books ‘‘The Machinery of Life’’ and ‘‘Our Molecular Nature’’ explore biological molecules and their diverse roles within living cells, and his book ‘‘Bionanotechnology: Lessons from Nature’’ presents the growing connections between biology and nanotechnology.


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Ionic liquids - an overview

Posted on 21. October, 2011.

As well as exhibiting catalytic activity for many chemical reactions, ionic liquids are used as replacements for conventional toxic solvents. They can be used to prevent chemical pollution. In Science Progress 94(3), Professor Harry Jenkins highlights the main characteristics of ionic liquids, presenting them in a form readily assimilated by newcomers to this area of research. An extensive glossary is featured as well as a chronological list which charts the major areas of development.


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The Promiscuous T-cell

Posted on 8. September, 2011.

T-cells are a vital type of white blood cell that scan for cellular abnormalities and infections. They recognise disease-associated antigens via a surface receptor called the T-cell antigen receptor (TCR). If there were a specific TCR for every single antigen, no mammal could possibly contain all the T-cells it needs. This suggests that T-cell recognition must be highly degenerate. Yet highly promiscuous TCRs would appear to be equally impossible: they are bound to recognise self as well as non-self antigens.  In the next issue of Science Progress, mathematical analysis helps to resolve the paradox of the promiscuous TCR.


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Science Progress Assistant Editor Branches Into Children's Literature

Posted on 30. August, 2011.

Chris Rhodes is not only an accomplished commentator on current science as assistant editor on Science Progress but is also branching out into Children’s literature! His book entitled 'Hippy the Happy Hippopotamus' has just been published.


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