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Biodiversity Emergency: School Strikes for Climate, Extinction Rebellion and the Movement for Environmental Action

February 16, 2019

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The planet is experiencing a biodiversity emergency brought on by the human race. This week in the UK schoolchildren took part in educational strike action to say ‘no more, fix the planet’. Extinction Rebellion, set up in 2018, has demanded governments tell the truth about our ecological crisis and create true participatory democracy to reduce […]

Health Focus: Beyond Veganuary, plus Orphan Drugs for Rare Conditions

February 2, 2019

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The VNutrition app helps you sustain a plant-based diet the whole year round. Plus, drug repurposing and how it provides new treatments for rare diseases. If you were one of the hordes trying out veganism as part of your new year’s resolutions, the VNutrition app aims to help you extend ‘Veganuary’ into a sustainable lifestyle […]

Power Hour: The History of White LEDs

November 20, 2018

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Compared to incandescent lightbulbs, LEDs produce a lot more lumens per watt of input power — they’re more efficient at producing light.  Of course, that means that incandescent light bulbs are more efficient at producing heat, and as the days get shorter, and the nights get colder, somewhere, someone who took the leap to LED lighting has a furnace that’s working overtime. And that someone might also wonder how we got here: a world lit by esoteric inorganic semiconductors illuminating phosphors.

MRI Scan to 3D Print Gets Much Faster — Hackaday

June 16, 2018

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A surprising use of 3D printing has been in creating life-like models of human body parts using MRI or CT scans. Surgeons and other medical professionals can use models to plan procedures or assist in research.

Bioelasticity: How Scientists Heal and Repair the Body Using its Elastic Properties

March 1, 2018

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Bioelasticity is the measure of stretchability of our body’s tissues and organs. And it is leading a wave of promising biological and medical research. Elastic fibres are present everywhere in the body and help us with vital activities including breathing and eating. Pinch your skin and, depending on your age, it will snap back quickly […]

Blue Planet 2: Can We Ever Learn How to Speak to Whales and Dolphins?

January 5, 2018

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Marine scientists have dreamt of speaking to cetacean species – dolphins and whales – for decades. But how far have we really come since the 1960s in understanding how they communicate and what they are saying? Scientists like marine biologist Dr Luke Rendell of St Andrews University in Scotland have worked long and hard to […]

BioEnergy Central: Pee Power Lights Up Rural Uganda as Microbial Fuel Cells Generate Electricity from Wastewater

October 12, 2017

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The remote rural village of Kisoro in Uganda is the first community to be powered using wastewater electricity generation developed at the Bristol BioEnergy Centre. Field trials to test so-called ‘Pee Power’ have returned a resounding success in the rural village of Kisoro, Uganda. The Bristol BioEnergy Centre (BBiC) provided the remote community with a […]

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