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Chemistry - Earth Sciences
22.05.2017
Himalayan powerhouses: how Sherpas have evolved superhuman energy efficiency
Sherpas have evolved to become superhuman mountain climbers, extremely efficient at producing the energy to power their bodies even when oxygen is scarce, suggests new research published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) . Sherpas have spent thousands of years living at high altitudes, so it should be unsurprising that they have adapted to become more efficient at using oxygen and generating energy Andrew Murray The findings could help scientists develop new ways of treating hypoxia - lack of oxygen - in patients.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
22.05.2017
Interrogating proteins
Interrogating proteins
Scientists from the University of Bristol have designed a new protein structure, and are using it to understand how protein structures are stabilised. This research will help to design small proteins and small molecules that could be the basis for future biotechnologies and medicines. A team of chemists and biochemists from the Bristol BioDesign Institute have designed a new protein structure.
Chemistry - Environment/Sustainable Development
12.05.2017
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
A new process has the potential to enable 720,000 tonnes of biodiesel to be produced each year from spent coffee grounds Future Americano, cappuccino and latte drinkers could help produce the raw material for a greener biofuel that would reduce our reliance on diesel from fossil fuels. Purpose-grown feedstocks (used to extract oils) for biodiesels are controversial because of their cost and the demand they place on land and water.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
11.05.2017
UofG Professor recognised for his dedicated research on carotenoid biochemistry
UofG Professor recognised for his dedicated research on carotenoid biochemistry
Professor Richard Cogdell, Hooker Chair of Botany at the Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology, has been awarded a Fellowship of the International Carotenoid Society as well as their Trevor Goodwin Award.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
11.05.2017
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Researchers have uncovered the exact mechanism that causes new solar cells to break down in air, paving the way for a solution. Solar cells harness energy from the Sun and provide an alternative to non-renewable energy sources like fossil fuels. However, they face challenges from costly manufacturing processes and poor efficiency - the amount of sunlight converted to useable energy.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
10.05.2017
Three Imperial researchers elected Fellows of the Royal Society
Three Imperial researchers elected Fellows of the Royal Society
Fellowship of the prestigious Royal Society has been granted to three scientists at Imperial College London this month.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
08.05.2017
Four UCL scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society
Four UCL scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society
Four UCL scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society in recognition of their outstanding contribution to science.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Chemistry
04.05.2017
Cambridge spin-out raises £7 million to develop treatments for lung disease
Cambridge spin-out raises £7 million to develop treatments for lung disease
A University of Cambridge spin-out company has raised £7 million in new funding, which will help in the development of treatments for liver and lung disease.
Chemistry - Life Sciences
03.05.2017
Oxford’s first female chemistry professor receives top science honour
Dame Carol Robinson, Professor of Chemistry at the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University, has been elected as a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
Environment/Sustainable Development - Chemistry
02.05.2017
Slag heaps could help pull carbon from the atmosphere
A Cardiff University scientist has been awarded £300k to lead a project looking into possible global warming intervention strategies using slag heaps. It is estimated that waste material could be used to pull 90 to 155 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere over the next century.
Chemistry - Astronomy
20.04.2017
Researchers and artists create ‘chem-art’ exhibition at Herbert Art gallery
Researchers and artists from the University of Warwick have teamed up with film makers and musicians from Coventry to create a unique exhibition that will give visitors a glimpse into a rarely seen micro-world.
Chemistry
12.04.2017
Researchers mimic nature with creation of 'molecular assembly line'
Researchers mimic nature with creation of ’molecular assembly line’
A team of researchers from the University of Bristol has developed a process to create molecules which resemble some of the most complex and important found in nature. The paper published in the journal, Nature Chemistry , describes the synthesis of a very important class of molecules called polyketides which have a broad range of biological properties important for human health, including antibiotic, antitumor, antifungal and antiparasitic.
Chemistry - Life Sciences
11.04.2017
Warwick polymers in NASA-funded project to high altitude
Anti-freeze polymers designed by University of Warwick launched into high altitude as part of successful NASA-funded schools project in the USA The polymers – developed in Professor Matthew Gib
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
07.04.2017
Scientists to create galactic building blocks to study the space between stars
Scientists to create galactic building blocks to study the space between stars
Researchers are planning to synthesise a class of chemical compounds to determine whether they are an important building block for making galaxies. The team from Imperial College London has received seed funding from the Institute of Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) to forge ahead with a new project.
Chemistry - Law/Forensics
06.04.2017
Leaf vein structure could hold key to extending battery life
Leaf vein structure could hold key to extending battery life
The natural structure found within leaves could improve the performance of everything from rechargeable batteries to high-performance gas sensors, according to an international team of scientists. The researchers have designed a porous, such as the veins of a leaf, and could make energy transfers more efficient.
Chemistry - Mathematics
06.04.2017
Cwmclydach Primary pupils become scientists for the day
Pupils from Cwmclydach Primary School in Rhondda Cynon Taf had the opportunity to conduct ‘real-life' scientific experiments as part of a chemistry workshop held at the school.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
04.04.2017
Uncovering gold’s secrets
An international group of scientists led by researchers at Cardiff University has unlocked the secret of a gold-based catalyst that is used in the manufacturing of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the world's third-most widely used plastic. PVC has become an indispensable part of modern life. Its applications include construction pipes, credit cards, window and door frames, plumbing equipment, and electrical cable insulation.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
03.04.2017
Malaria parasites soften our cells' defences in order to invade
Malaria parasites soften our cells’ defences in order to invade
Malaria parasites cause red blood cells to become bendier, helping the parasites to enter and cause infection, says a new study. Malaria is caused by a family of parasites that are carried by mosquitoes. Once parasites enter the body through a mosquito bite, they multiply in the liver before invading red blood cells where they cause the symptoms of malaria disease.
Chemistry - Environment/Sustainable Development
03.04.2017
Microbes on ice sheets produce bioreactive carbon that is exported to downstream ecosystems
Microbes on ice sheets produce bioreactive carbon that is exported to downstream ecosystems
Glaciers and ice sheets have recently been considered significant sources of organic carbon and provide nutrients to downstream marine ecosystems.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
03.04.2017
Nanoscopic golden springs could unravel twisted molecules
Nanoscopic golden springs could unravel twisted molecules
University of Bath scientists have used gold spring-shaped coils 5,000 times thinner than human hairs and powerful lasers to enable the detection of twisted molecules, and the applications could improve pharmaceutical design, telecommunications and nanorobotics. Molecules, including many pharmaceuticals, twist in certain ways and can exist in left or right ‘handed' forms depending on how they twist.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
30.03.2017
Rotating molecules create a brighter future
Rotating molecules create a brighter future
Scientists have discovered a group of materials which could pave the way for a new generation of high-efficiency lighting, solving a quandary which has inhibited the performance of display technology for decades. The development of energy saving concepts in display and lighting applications is a major focus of research, since a fifth of the world's electricity is used for generating light.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Chemistry
24.03.2017
Designing selective antibiotics can reduce drug resistance, says Nobel laureate
Designing selective antibiotics can reduce drug resistance, says Nobel laureate
Israeli crystallographer Professor Ada Yonath delivered Imperial's annual Ernst Chain lecture this week, which focused on the future of antibiotics.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
22.03.2017
Caught on camera - chemical reactions 'filmed' at the single-molecule level
Scientists have succeeded in ‘filming' inter-molecular chemical reactions – using the electron beam of a transmission electron microscope (TEM) as a stop-frame imaging tool. They have also discovered that the electron beam can be simultaneously tuned to stimulate specific chemical reactions by using it as a source of energy as well as an imaging tool.
Chemistry - Medicine/Pharmacology
20.03.2017
In pictures: Imperial Fringe goes to White City for Science & Sport Day
In pictures: Imperial Fringe goes to White City for Science & Sport Day
Families enjoyed a day of futuristic fun, as Imperial joined forces with Queens Park Rangers football club to bring sport science to life in W12.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
14.03.2017
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce.
Careers/Employment - Chemistry
13.03.2017
Life Sciences - Chemistry
13.03.2017
Visualising the genome: researchers create first 3D structures of active DNA
Scientists have determined the first 3D structures of intact mammalian genomes from individual cells, showing how the DNA from all the chromosomes intricately folds to fit together inside the cell nuclei.
Chemistry
13.03.2017
Creation of highly magnetic material could improve computer technologies
Creation of highly magnetic material could improve computer technologies
Scientists, led by Professor Ian Manners from the University of Bristol's School of Chemistry, have developed a facile route to a highly magnetic material that could provide fundamental improvements to the performance of current computer technologies.
Administration/Government - Chemistry
10.03.2017
Chemistry - Medicine/Pharmacology
06.03.2017
World-first synthetic receptor mimics how cells 'talk' to the world around them
World-first synthetic receptor mimics how cells ’talk’ to the world around them
Researchers from the University of Bristol have found a way to mimic the way cells in living organisms ‘talk' to the world around them by creating a world-first synthetic receptor which can respond to chemical signals just like its natural equivalent.
Chemistry - Mathematics
01.03.2017
Scientists take their research to Parliament
Scientists take their research to Parliament
Seven researchers from the University of Bristol will present their work to a range of politicians and a panel of judges as part of a national competition on Monday [13 March] . STEM for BRITAIN is a poster competition in the House of Commons involving 210 early stage or early career researchers. The seven Bristol candidates were shortlisted from hundreds of applicants and are in with the chance of winning a gold, silver or bronze medal and up to £3,000 in each of the five subject categories.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
23.02.2017
Technique that revolutionised biology wins its inventors big science prize
Technique that revolutionised biology wins its inventors big science prize
Imperial's Professor Marin van Heel has been awarded the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences this week for the development of a key imaging technology.
Chemistry - Life Sciences
17.02.2017
Scientist discusses the effects of algal blooms on world's oceans
Scientist discusses the effects of algal blooms on world’s oceans
Dr Susan Little talks about the effects that pinhead-sized algae have on the chemistry of the world's oceans when they 'binge' feed in summer.
Chemistry - Medicine/Pharmacology
15.02.2017
Digital chemistry set reaches new heights with space launch
A University of Glasgow research project is set to get underway beyond the earth's atmosphere following a successful launch into space today (Wednesday 15 February).
Environment/Sustainable Development - Chemistry
14.02.2017
Team marks fifty years of weather watching
Team marks fifty years of weather watching
Braving the elements at 9am on New Year's Day isn't everyone's idea of fun, but for Environmental Scientists at Lancaster University it has been a way of life for the last 50 years.
Chemistry - History/Archeology
14.02.2017
Explosions, Nobel Prizes and poems: a history of the Department of Chemistry
Explosions, Nobel Prizes and poems: a history of the Department of Chemistry
A new book follows Imperial's Department of Chemistry from 1845-2000, exploring its most famous figures, innovative research and colourful characters.
Chemistry - Psychology
13.02.2017
Scientists predict chemistry of romance
Scientists predict chemistry of romance
Psychologists from the University of Bristol are launching a revolutionary new dating app this Valentine's Day.
Astronomy - Chemistry
08.02.2017
A bridge of stars connects two dwarf galaxies
A bridge of stars connects two dwarf galaxies
The Magellanic Clouds, the two largest satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, appear to be connected by a bridge stretching across 43,000 light years, according to an international team of astronomers led by researchers from the University of Cambridge. The discovery is reported in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS) and is based on the Galactic stellar census being conducted by the European Space Observatory, Gaia.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
03.02.2017
Imperial celebrates 2017 Stephenson Fund Scholars
Imperial celebrates 2017 Stephenson Fund Scholars
Celebrations were held for three Imperial scholarships recipients funded by the legacy of pioneering scientist, Dr Greta Stevenson.
Chemistry - Life Sciences
31.01.2017
Lancaster University's Chemistry Department celebrates first PhD graduate
Lancaster University’s Chemistry Department celebrates first PhD graduate
Lancaster University's relaunched Chemistry department is celebrating the landmark graduation of its first PhD student.
Chemistry - Medicine/Pharmacology
31.01.2017
History reveals the hazards of dismantling trade protection
History reveals the hazards of dismantling trade protection
As the UK prepares to leave the EU, trade regimes are being reconfigured. Research into 19th-century trade regulations by Carolyn Cobbold, historian of science, shows that scientific claims play a significant role in shaping international trade.
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