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Alexander Beadle

Alexander Beadle is a science writer and editor for Technology Networks. Prior to this, he worked as a freelance science writer. Alexander holds an MChem in materials chemistry from the University of St Andrews, where he won a Chemistry Purdie Scholarship and conducted research into zeolite crystal growth mechanisms and the action of single-molecule transistors.

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New Material Rivals Diamond in Hardness

Diamond is considered to be the hardest material in existence, only being able to be scratched by other diamonds. Now, scientists report a new breakthrough – a super-incompressible material that could rival diamond on the hardness scale.
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Meat Authenticity and Tackling Meat Fraud

Due to the horsemeat scandal that rocked the European food industry in 2013, the industry as a whole is now more prepared to tackle incidents of suspected fraud. This article explores the analytical tools used to authenticate meat and tackle meat fraud.
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Solar-Powered Hydrogel Harvests Clean Water From Arid Desert Air

Researchers have developed a solar-powered atmospheric water harvesting technology that can pull enough water out of arid desert air to help provide drinking water to those in difficult, dryland areas.
Applications of FTIR Spectroscopy

Applications of FTIR Spectroscopy

Explore the diverse applications of FTIR spectroscopy across various industries, including environmental analysis, medicine and pharmaceuticals.
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Diamond Semiconductor Breaks Record for Highest Breakdown Voltage

Improved power electronics are needed to support the electrification of society and the transition to renewable energy. A new diamond-based semiconductor device with an exceptionally high breakdown voltage could help support this transition.
Batteries Research: Investment & Innovation

Batteries Research: Investment & Innovation

Download this infographic to explore the foundational principles of battery science and the current state of investment in battery research projects.
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Sustainable Semiconductors Made From Birch Leaves

By pressure-cooking birch leaves, researchers can produce quantum dots with favorable enough optical properties to replace some of the rarer elements used in semiconductors for optoelectronics, a new study suggests.
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All-Metal Fullerene Molecule Synthesized for the First Time

In a world-first, researchers have created a fullerene-like molecule composed entirely of metal atoms.
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New Microgel Lubricant Could Provide Relief From Dry Mouth

A novel aqueous lubricant can be used as a saliva substitute to combat the effects of xerostomia, also known as dry mouth.
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400-Year-Old Purple Explosive Smoke Mystery Solved

More than 400 years after the invention of “fulminating gold” explosives, scientists finally have an answer for why these compounds produce their iconic purple smoke.