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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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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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Three Minute Thesis - Sponges in the Pipe: Enhancing In-sewer Purification, Tiffany Joan Sotelo

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In 3 minutes, Tiffany Joan Sotelo presents her thesis “Sponges in the Pipe: Enhancing In-sewer Purification” explaining how enhancing bacterial populations in sewers can boost the purification of our waste.

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Three Minute Thesis - Matthew Richardson “Chill Out! The Key to Recycling a Rocket”

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Ever wondered how we can make space travel cheaper and greener? Matthew Richardson presents his thesis on how we can make space rockets reusable in three minutes.

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The Secret Is in Our Saliva

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Two million years of eating meat and cooked food may have helped humans shift further from other great apes on the evolutionary tree. The evidence is in our saliva.

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Better Together - Quest Towards Open Access Publication
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Not-for-profit Jisc and the Microbiology Society announce a pilot transitional open access agreement. The "Publish and Read" deal will allow researchers at participating institutions to publish an unlimited number of open-access articles, as well as access to the society’s full portfolio in return for a cost neutral fixed fee.

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Photosynthesis Olympics Sort the Wheat From the Chaff
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Scientists have put wheat varieties through a “Photosynthesis Olympics” to find which varieties have the best performing photosynthesis.

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How Does DEET Keep Mosquitoes at Bay?
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Since its invention during WWII, researchers have been trying to pinpoint precisely how DEET actually affects mosquitos. New research suggests DEET may chemically “cloak” humans from malaria-carrying mosquitos, rather than repel them.

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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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Francis Mojica: The Modest Microbiologist Who Discovered and Named CRISPR
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Kicking off Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution, Professor Mojica, or "Francis", takes us on a journey back to the original research that, despite being deemed "crazy" by members of the scientific community at the time, led to the CRISPR revolution that is anticipated to edit evolution forever.

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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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