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Carbon nanomaterials: The wonder material graphene may have found its killer app

Science & technology | Carbon nanomaterialsIt will help decarbonise industry, produce greener concrete and make hydrogenClose to where the college rowing teams of Britain’s second-oldest university practise their strokes along the River Cam, a grey shipping container sits outside a business unit waiting to be dispatched to Abu Dhabi. Inside is a...

Genetic disease: Full-genome screening for newborn babies is now on the cards

Science & technology | Genetic diseaseA boon for medicine. But it raises questions of privacyOVER THE YEARS, doctors have described more than 7,000 rare diseases, generally defined as those affecting fewer than one in 2,000 people. So, though individually unusual, such illnesses are collectively a serious problem—a long-tail of need which is hard...

Genetic disease: Full-genome screening for newborns is now on the cards

Science & technology | Genetic diseaseA boon for medicine. But it raises questions of privacyOVER THE YEARS, doctors have described more than 7,000 rare diseases, generally defined as those affecting fewer than one in 2,000 people. So, though individually unusual, such illnesses are collectively a serious problem—a long-tail of need which is hard...

Buzz off!: Bats mimic hornets when owls are nearby

Science & technology | Buzz off!It is their way of spooking predatorsIN THE ANIMAL kingdom, mimics are a dime a dozen. Stick insects pretend to be twigs. Hawk-moth caterpillars resemble venomous snakes. Edible heliconid butterflies disguise themselves with the wing patterns of noxious ones, and noxious ones copy each other to make it easier for...

Science and international politics: Russian and Western scientists no longer collaborate in the Arctic

Science & technology | Science and international politicsThat is bad, not least for climate researchKNEE-DEEP in the rushing waters of a creek in the valley of the Pasvik river, Paul Aspholm of the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research is trying to prevent a lifetime’s work from being washed away by politics. Wading into the frozen stream,...

Bacterial cunning: A bacterium that tricks the immune system into nurturing it

Science & technology | Bacterial cunningThe discovery may usher in new approaches to treating infectionsTHE IMMUNE system has access to many weapons with which to counter hostile incomers. But what works against one may not work against another. Interlopers sometimes take advantage of this by misdirecting the system into thinking it is fighting...

Future aircraft: Digital twins in cockpits will help planes look after themselves

Science & technology | Future aircraftAnd book themselves in for a repair, if neededDIGITAL TWINS are virtual representations of a component, a device or even an entire production line in a factory. Fed with data from sensors installed on its physical opposite number, the digital version can be used to plan maintenance, spot any emerging problems...

Animal health: Gut bacteria may help combat nematode infestations in sheep

Science & technology | Animal healthThat could lead to treatments with probioticsSHEEP FARMERS in Australia and New Zealand have a problem. Their charges are susceptible to intestinal nematode worms which cause them to waste away and can, in severe cases, kill them.Over the years, the worms have evolved resistance to drugs once used to attack them....

Grid inertia: Green power needs more than just solar panels and wind turbines

Science & technology | Grid inertiaElectricity grids themselves must be tweaked to copeNO GOOD DEED, an old saying has it, goes unpunished. That is certainly true of the introduction of green energy. The unreliability of solar and wind power compared with that generated by fossil fuels is well known—and with it the concomitant need for storage facilities...

Aerial surveillance: The spy in the sky that sees backwards in time

Science & technology | Aerial surveillanceUse of wide-area motion imagery is spreadingTHE WAR in Ukraine has brought the topic of eyes in the sky to general attention, as the Ukrainian army in particular has put surveillance by drone to good effect in identifying and destroying targets in the here and now. But aerial surveillance can also reach...

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