The Monster Lurking Beneath Our Feet

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Increasing pressures of a growing population and changing toilet and kitchen habits are taking their toll on our sewer system. Currently it is estimated that drain clearance costs the UK £80 million a year. Now a supersized fatberg, estimated to be a record breaking 750 meters long, is being removed from under Central London and scientists are getting stuck in to reveal just what is clogging up our drains.

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Data Collection and Exposure Assessment

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Analysing food consumption data and assessing how different groups of people are exposed to substances in food are vital components in evaluating food safety.

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An Expert Insight Into the Issue of Microplastics

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We spoke to Dr Andrew Mayes Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia, about the growing problem of microplastics, their source, impact and what can be done in the future.

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10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week - 18 May 2018

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The most exciting science new stories from the last 7 days

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Safe Glyphosate Residue Levels in Food Reviewed

Safe Glyphosate Residue Levels in Food Reviewed

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The EFSA has completed its review of the maximum levels of glyphosate that are legally permitted to be present in food. They found that current exposure levels are not expected to pose a risk to human health.

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Link Between Increases in Local Temperature and Antibiotic Resistance
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While studying the role of climate on the distribution of antibiotic resistance across the geography of the U.S., a multidisciplinary team of epidemiologists found that higher local temperatures and population densities correlate with higher antibiotic resistance in common bacterial strains.

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An Egg a Day May Be Good For Your Heart
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People who consume an egg a day could significantly reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases compared with eating no eggs, suggests a study carried out in China.

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Fungi Hunting Goes Hi-Tech
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A researcher is developing tools that allow foragers to collect data on environmental conditions while they hunt for fungi. Designs include a walking stick that stores samples of dirt and a glove that takes soil moisture readings when you dip your fingers into the earth.

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Metagenomics: Exploring Microbiomes at Nature’s New Frontiers
Metagenomics: Exploring Microbiomes at Nature’s New Frontiers
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Advances in sequencing technologies are providing scientists with a powerful way to view microbial communities in unprecedented detail. Metagenomics is a rapidly evolving field that is uncovering a wealth of hidden biodiversity, revolutionizing our understanding of uncharted corners in the living world.

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Tech Solutions for Drinking Water Analysis
Tech Solutions for Drinking Water Analysis
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Improved access to clean and safe drinking water is key for health and survival and has been classified as a human right. Here, we take a look at some of the novel solutions, both hi-tech and low-tech, that scientists are designing to help monitor drinking water source safety.

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Unease on the High Seas: The Effect of Climate Change on Marine Microbial Ecology
Unease on the High Seas: The Effect of Climate Change on Marine Microbial Ecology
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Microbes play an important role in the marine ecosystem, however, the effects of climate change have the potential to upset this fine balance, leading to increasing issues with cyanobacterial blooms. Exciting work seeks to look at the knock on effects on the marine food web and ways to combat these toxic blooms.

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Making Laser Spectroscopy Portable for On-Site Food Safety Tests
Making Laser Spectroscopy Portable for On-Site Food Safety Tests
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Those involved in the production, processing and distribution of food know that food safety is not an issue to be taken lightly. Of note, mycotoxins in food are subject to strict legislative limits and therefore their detection and quantification are a key area of interest.

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Chemotyping: Classifying cannabis strains by chemical composition
Chemotyping: Classifying cannabis strains by chemical composition
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Grouping strains by chemotyping may prove useful in ascertaining how strains are related, and the kind of medical benefits you can expect to see with strains from a given chemotype class.

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Why Gold Nanoparticles Offer a Bright Future for Diagnostics and Healthcare
Why Gold Nanoparticles Offer a Bright Future for Diagnostics and Healthcare
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Today, nanoparticle research is one of the fastest-growing scientific fields, and one in which exciting new discoveries abound.

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