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Towards miniature electron accelerators for a wide range of applications

Particle accelerators have already become useful, and in many cases an indispensable tool in many applications, such as medical treatments (radiotherapy, production of isotopes for PET), industry (material irradiation and sterilisation, industrial radiography) and safety control (cargo inspection). More than 90% of accelerators in operation nowadays are machines, producing beams...
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Success story on mineral carbonation of CO2

Pushing academic research towards industrial scale through advanced modelling and piloting At Aalto University’s Department of Energy Technology, Professor Mika Järvinen’s Energy Engineering and Environmental Protection research group is conducting pioneering research on biomass combustion, carbon (CO2) capture and storage (CCS) by mineral carbonation, circulating fluidised bed gasification of waste,...
Tackling antibiotic resistance

Tackling antibiotic resistance

Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee sheds light on why the next government must make tackling antibiotic resistance a public health priority Medicine could be ‘cast back into the dark ages’ by growing antibiotic resistance, David Cameron grimly warned last year. To see off the ‘superbugs’...
Being overweight reduces the risk of dementia

Being overweight reduces the risk of dementia

According to a new study being overweight can reduce the risk of getting dementia by 18 per cent Researchers from Oxon Epidemiology and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that people who were overweight had less risk of getting dementia in later life. The study analysed the health...

Creating artificial metalloenzymes

Dr Michèle Salmain from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris gives an overview of the process involved in creating artificial enzymes Artificial enzymes or ‘artzymes’ are man-made constructs in which an active site is implanted within a protein host to endow it with a (new) catalytic activity. In this field,...

Extreme events in deterministic systems

Prof Dr Henk W Broer and Dr Alef E Sterk from the University of Groningen discuss how mathematical modelling offers a fruitful approach towards understanding climatic extremes Dynamical systems are mathematical models for everything that evolves in time. For example springs and pendulum clocks. More complicated examples are the atmosphere...
The role of chemistry in drug discovery and development

The role of chemistry in drug discovery and development

Sriram Radhakrishnan, Healthcare Analyst at Frost & Sullivan details the vital role chemistry plays in drug discovery and development Drug discovery and development is one of the most complex and expensive activities within the framework of the pharmaceutical industry. It encompasses a wide array of end-to-end activities with a plethora...

Innovative Bioproducts

Viscofan BioEngineering combines natural sciences and engineering to provide innovative bioproducts as new solutions for cell biology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Viscofan BioEngineering is a business unit within the food industry Viscofan (MCE:VIS) which has its headquarters in Spain and an annual turnover of €800M. Our main operations...
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Research shows differences in cancer stem cells

Professor Alan Clarke, Director of the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute gives an overview of how cancer stem cells differ from the conventional stem cell. Cancer remains one of the major challenges in terms of life expectancy and is recognised as the second largest cause of mortality within the...

Revolutionising the brain

Aiswariya Chidambaram of Frost and Sullivan explains the importance of early diagnosis to tackle brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Although research has gone a long way in establishing an understanding of the underlying mechanism and etiology of Alzheimer’s disease since its discovery in 1906, scientists have not yet arrived...

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