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Alexander Beadle is a science writer and editor for Technology Networks. Before this, he worked as a freelance science writer, writing features and reporting on breaking news in materials science, environmental science and drug research. Alexander holds an MChem in Materials Chemistry from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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Trainee firefighters putting out a car fire using firefighting foam.

UV Method Helps To Clean Up Harmful PFAS

A new photo-electrochemical treatment method for highly contaminated water can near-completely destroy harmful pollutants introduced by firefighting foams.
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Beethoven’s Hair Confirms He Had Lead Poisoning – But It Didn’t Kill Him

New analysis of two locks of Beethoven’s hair proves the composer had high levels of lead in his system – but not high enough to be considered the sole cause of his death.
An illustration of a brain surrounded by a geometric net of white lines.

New Advance in Neural Stimulation Tech Could Help Treat Neurological Disorders

The MagPatch is an array of magnetic microcoils, promising single-neuron precision for cochlear implants and vagus nerve stimulation.
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The Fundamentals of GC-MS

This infographic will outline the general principles of GC-MS, including a comparison of common mass analyzers used in GC-MS and GC-MS/MS systems.
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Nanomaterial That Mimics Protein Behavior Could Help Treat Alzheimer’s

A nanomaterial that alters the interaction between two key proteins found in brain cells could become the basis for new neurodegenerative disease treatments.
Two rows of magnetic cilia bending in response to different horizontal magnetic field directions.

Researchers Teach Old Artificial Hairs New Tricks

Researchers have developed a new technique that can “reprogram” magnetic cilia to move in new directions as needed. Magnetic cilia – an artificial hair-like structure containing embedded magnetic particles – are used frequently in soft robots, transporting objects and mixing liquids.
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Microplastics: What’s the Latest Research?

Exploring the latest scientific research on microplastics, their environmental impact and novel remediation strategies.
Dr. Clara Barker, posing in front of some laboratory equipment.

Advocacy, Inclusion and Unconventional Routes into Science: A Q&A with Dr. Clara Barker

Materials scientist Dr. Clara Barker reflects on her career and advocacy work, while offering advice for other young women who are interested in pursuing a career in physics, materials science or other STEMM subjects.
Lars Hultman, professor of thin film physics and Shun Kashiwaya, researcher at the Materials Design Division at Linköping University, pose next to their equipment.

Golden Graphene: Researchers Successfully Synthesize “Goldene”

Researchers have created sheets of gold metal measuring only a single atom layer thick. The new material, dubbed “goldene”, has unique properties that could see it become useful for catalysis, carbon dioxide conversion and much more.
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New Hydrogel Material Removes Microplastics From Water

Scientists have developed a new 3D hydrogel material that can adsorb – and degrade – large volumes of microplastic.