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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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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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Photoinduced electron transfer processes of functionalized nanocarbons; fullerenes, nanotubes and graphene

Posted on 14. January, 2014.

To solve the energy demands for a sustainable society, clean solar energy is crucial. Thus, finding methods for efficient light energy conversion is important. Molecular devices employing composites of nanocarbons such as fullerenes, single wall carbon nanotubes and graphene are promising. Light-induced electron-transfer processes of these nanocarbons hybridized with photosensitizers are more favourable than ordinary molecules.

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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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