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The great smog of 1952 caused Parliament to pass the landmark 'Clean Air Act' of 1956, to improve air quality. It was finally repealed in 1993 to consolidate its legislation with other related enactments, especially the Clean Air Act 1968. The current government...

Deceit and theft in micro-plastic research?

The study probably helped propagate some of the Facebook sharing of articles that described the damage plastic microparticles did to fish but after a report from a Swedish ethics committee the authors Peter Eklöv and Oona Lönnstedt are retracting their controversial...

The long road of signalling research

Main stream media heralds each new discovery of a signalling molecule as a breakthrough, the reality is that it's a long road to truly elucidating how each discovery fits within their environment.The Ser and Thr kinase AKT, also known as protein kinase B (PKB), was...

Back to the black stuff?

Since 2007 something has been stirring or rather revolving. Vinyl sales having been on the brink of extinction have been steadily climbing. The last time they were this high was 1991 when Simply Red’s Stars was number one in the charts. Vinyl sales still only account...

The new premier league players

Back in February main stream media were amazed at a story that demonstrated the humble bumble bee could play football. Obviously, the bees had not acquired a new fondness of sport but what they had shown was cognitive flexibility under ecological pressure. Loukola et...

Paint it yellow for the real world

There is a current trend to generate real-world data on medicines. This desire is being fuelled both by pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers. In a cash restricted healthcare environment, those reimbursing new drugs want to know that they are getting value...

Prescribing on your gut?

On June 30th, the UK will wake up to another new world, probably less seismic than the EU referendum result, but one that will cause waves. In a drive for transparency and openness, the association of the British pharmaceutical industry (ABPI) will publish the amounts...

A new way to calibrate the postmortem clock?

It's almost in every detective film or novel, the line where the detective asks the pathologist 'What was the time of death?'. The postmortem interval (PMI) as it is defined contains the answer to that question. There are several methods to evaluate the...

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Science

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    on February, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Scientists have discovered tadpole-shaped jets coming out of the Sun that may help explain why the corona (the wispy upper atmosphere of our star) is so inexplicably hot. […]

Technology

  • Fluorescing urine signals organ transplant...
    on February, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Glowing urine may replace the biopsy needle: In detecting organ transplant rejection, a new nanoparticle has proven much faster and more thorough in the lab than a biopsy. When T cells mount their first attack on the organ's cells, the nanoparticle sends an alarm signal into the urine that makes it […]

Pharma

  • How to block new antibiotic resistance gene
    on February, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    A new antimicrobial-resistance gene, VCC-1, a beta-lactamase gene, has been discovered in benign close relatives of virulent Vibrio cholerae, which causes cholera. Now, a team of Canadian researchers has found a way to block the VCC-1 enzyme, which disables that resistance gene. […]

Health

  • How to block new antibiotic resistance gene
    on February, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    A new antimicrobial-resistance gene, VCC-1, a beta-lactamase gene, has been discovered in benign close relatives of virulent Vibrio cholerae, which causes cholera. Now, a team of Canadian researchers has found a way to block the VCC-1 enzyme, which disables that resistance gene. […]

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