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Science Fun of the Week

(October 20th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: The truth about lab orders.

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Ongoing UK Research Problems (6) – Divide and Conquer

(October 19th, 2017) Independent of Brexit uncertainties, Jeremy Garwood reports on a number of other UK government policy changes and plans that are already changing the UK research labscape.

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Ongoing UK Research Problems (5) – Private Universities

(October 17th, 2017) Independent of Brexit uncertainties, Jeremy Garwood reports on a number of other UK government policy changes and plans that are already changing the UK research labscape.

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Science Fun of the Week

(October 13th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: Horoscope for E. coli.

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Bacterial Energy

(October 12th, 2017) Fuel cells require platinum to function but this chemical element is scarce and expensive. French researchers replaced it with bacterial enzymes.

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A Solution for Rubbish?

(October 10th, 2017) Earlier this year, scientists claimed that a caterpillar is able to digest plastic. But, as another team points out, their analysis is not conclusive.

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Science Fun of the Week

(October 6th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: An adipose unicorn.

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Wizards of Visualisation

(October 5th, 2017) Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson win this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing cryo-Electron Microscopy.

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Cheesy Award

(October 4th, 2017) You don’t like cheese? Why ask? This is actually a scientific question. And because it is one that first makes you laugh and then think, it has been honoured with the infamous Ig Nobel Prize this year.

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The Time Keepers

(October 2nd, 2017) The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was jointly awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.

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Science Fun of the Week

(September 29th, 2017) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: A cloning poem.

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Overcoming Gender Inequality in Science and Beyond

(September 28th, 2017) There is an increasing awareness in the UK, and in many other countries, that women are under-represented in senior science positions. The SciSisters initiative tackles these problems directly.

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