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renewable energy

Scientists Pioneer a New Way to Turn Sunlight into Fuel

This could be a great platform for developing solar technologies. Katarzyna Sokół Photosynthesis is the process plants use to convert sunlight into energy. Oxygen is produced...
seizures

Electronic Device Implanted in the Brain Could Stop Seizures

These thin, organic films do minimal damage in the brain, and their electrical properties are well-suited for these types of applications. George Malliaras The researchers, from...
batteries

New Class of Materials Could Be Used to Make Batteries That...

Fields stagnate if you don’t keep looking for new compounds. Clare Grey Although these materials, known as niobium tungsten oxides, do not result in higher energy...
HIV virus

Trial of ‘Kick and Kill’ Approach to HIV Cure Leaves Puzzles...

The approach involves waking up and then killing the ‘sleeping’ HIV that is hiding in the body using an experimental approach known as ‘kick...
cancer treatment

Older People and Cancer: How Research Could Personalise Treatment Plans and...

Cancer is often described as a disease of ageing. And a key part of understanding any disease is studying its causes. This means that finding...
childhood brain tumour

Cell ‘Chatter’ Discovery Could Open Clinical Trial Opportunity for Fatal Childhood...

Brain tumours are hard to treat. But even this is a harrowing understatement for some forms of the disease. Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is...
Brain Tumours

Unlocking New Insight into Brain Tumours Using Neuroscience

The brain is the most complex organ in our bodies, controlling almost everything we do. Our ability to breathe, our earliest memories and deepest...
hearing loss

Drug Could Protect Children from Hearing Loss After Chemo

When cisplatin was first used to treat cancer in the late 70s, it made a big impact. “It was the most extraordinary breakthrough treatment,” says Dr Penelope...
oesophageal cancer

Combining Heartburn Drugs and Aspirin Could Help Prevent Oesophageal Cancer in...

In the famous words of Benjamin Franklin: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While he may have been talking about fire...
Alzheimer’s disease

Brain Cholesterol Associated with Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

The question for us now is not how to eliminate cholesterol from the brain, but about how to control cholesterol’s role in Alzheimer’s disease...
greenhouse gas

Greenhouse Gas ‘Feedback Loop’ Discovered in Freshwater Lakes

The warming climates that promote the growth of aquatic plants have the potential to trigger a damaging feedback loop in natural ecosystems Andrew Tanentzap A new...
dementia

Mechanism Behind Neuron Death in Motor Neurone Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia...

This was a very exciting set of experiments where we were able to apply cutting edge tools from physics, chemistry and neurobiology to understand...
Superconductors

Some Superconductors Can Also Carry Currents of ‘Spin’

Spin is a particle’s intrinsic angular momentum, and is normally carried in non-superconducting, non-magnetic materials by individual electrons. Spin can be ‘up’ or ‘down’,...
infrared light

Researchers Develop Infrared-Based System to Read Body Language

The ability to use invisible light to determine someone’s role and attitude in social settings has powerful implications for individuals and organisations that are...
potassium

Potassium Gives Perovskite-Based Solar Cells an Efficiency Boost

Perovskites are very tolerant to additives – you can add new components and they’ll perform better. Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi An international team of researchers led by the...
Cyphochilus beetle

Ultra-White Coating Modelled on Beetle Scales

These cellulose-based materials have a structure that’s almost like spaghetti, which is how they are able to scatter light so well. Silvia Vignolini The material –...
drug stability

Method to Predict Drug Stability Could Lead to More Effective Medicines

This is a very old problem, and for pharmaceutical companies, it’s often too big of a risk. Axel Zeitler The researchers, from the Universities of Cambridge...
chronic pain

Identification of Brain Region Responsible for Alleviating Pain Could Lead to...

Pain can actually help us recover by removing our drive to do unnecessary things - in a sense, this can be considered ‘healthy pain’. Ben...
autism

Scientists Link Genes to Brain Anatomy in Autism

This takes us one step closer to understanding why the brains of people with and without autism may differ from one another Richard Bethlehem Previous studies...
Parkinson’s disease

Calcium May Play a Role in the Development of Parkinson’s Disease

This is the first time we’ve seen that calcium influences the way alpha-synuclein behaves. Janin Lautenschlӓger The international team, led by the University of Cambridge, found...