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How Does Cold Plasma Enhance Seed Germination and Plant Growth?
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To respond to the growing need for food worldwide, farmers will need new technologies to produce more food from less land. One method recently tested by researchers for its potential to improve germination is cold plasma technology.

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Food and Drink Industry: Does Your Project Qualify for Financial Support?
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There is unrelenting pressure on producers from consumers, regulators and competitors to offer food and drink which is cheaper, healthier, longer lasting and more ethically produced. These influences showcase the need for plenty of research and development (R&D) and fortunately, there is also a substantial budget available, but could your project be missing out?

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Who Is Responsible for Reproducible Science?
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Reproducibility is now recognized as a core feature of good scientific practice but too many papers fail to meet the grade. We talked to Leslie D McIntosh, CEO of Ripeta, on the topic of reproducibility. In this interview, we ask Leslie about the concepts within Ripeta’s recent report on the state of reproducible science in 2019.

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Not So Basic: How Advances in pH Monitoring Technology Are Enhancing Quality in Food and Beverage Manufacturing
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Monitoring the pH of food and beverages is vital for manufacturers, protecting consumer safety in line with regulatory requirements, as well as ensuring products have the desired quality characteristics that customers enjoy and expect.

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Feeling Like a Fraud: Impostor Syndrome in STEM
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Impostor syndrome is experienced by millions of people around the world cross culturally, and describes difficulty internalizing one's accomplishments or abilities, and instead attributing their success to other factors. In this article, we explore the prevalence of impostor syndrome in STEM and the impact it has on the scientific community.

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What Is Science Telling Us About Soil Testing and Treatment?
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Just as soil testing is important to the farmer, working to improve upon current soil testing methods is important to the agricultural scientist. By ensuring that farmers and agricultural workers have access to the best possible soil testing tools, they will then be more able to protect and improve the health of their land as needed.

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Mass Spectrometry Accelerates Protein Biotherapeutics Discovery and Assures Quality Control
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To keep pace with the burgeoning biopharma market, research has also advanced antibody characterization and quality assurance. Protein biotherapeutics are inherently heterogenous and complex but techniques within the mass spectrometry field are meeting these challenges head on.

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Essential Amino Acids: Chart, Abbreviations and Structure
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Amino acids are the building blocks that form polypeptides and ultimately proteins. Consequently, they are fundamental components of our bodies and vital for physiological functions such as protein synthesis, tissue repair and nutrient absorption. Here we take a closer look at amino acid properties, how they are used in the body and where they come from.

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The Harmful Effects of Poor Air Quality
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Long-term exposure to even slightly elevated levels of air pollution can be linked to accelerated development of lung damage. Therefore effective air quality monitoring is important to minimize risks to health.

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Living in the (Bio)material World: A Night at Biodesign Here Now
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We report the opening night of Biodesign Here Now, an event featuring architects, artists, textile designers, and many more creatives who have found ways to bring together biology and design in their work, showing a way forward for collaboration between the two fields.

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