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Alexander Beadle

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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An underwater picture of the sea surface

New Hydrogel Material Removes Microplastics From Water

Scientists have developed a new 3D hydrogel material that can adsorb – and degrade – large volumes of microplastic.
Professor Rory Naismith holding a Byzantine silver coin in the Fitzwilliam Museum

New Analysis of Medieval Coins Reveals a Surprising Place of Origin

In the seventh century, Anglo-Saxon England began to revive the use of silver coins. New tests have traced this silver to the Byzantine Empire and Charlemagne’s Francia, highlighting deep international trade connections across medieval Europe.
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Emerging PFAS

Download this infographic to explore what emerging per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are, the sources of emerging PFAS in the environment and how these compounds are detected.
A tobacco hornworm crawls across a green plant branch.

Scientists Solve Mystery of How Caterpillars Heal Their Wounds in Seconds

Understanding how caterpillar blood clots in a matter of seconds could help scientists develop emergency drugs for stopping blood loss after trauma.
Illustration showing an anatomical heart, blood vessel and a small implantable battery.

Scientists Make an Implantable Battery That Runs on the Body’s Own Oxygen

The biocompatible, implantable sodium—oxygen battery has been used successfully in a new animal trial.
A plastic container lying on a beach.

Researchers Develop Biodegradable Plastic That Won’t Leave Microplastics Behind

The new plant-based polymers biodegrade in under seven months, even at the microplastic level.
A close up view of a diamond surface

Supercomputer Cracks Mystery of How To Make “Super-Diamond”

Supercomputer simulations have suggested new pathways for making "super-diamond", predicted to be 30% stronger than regular diamond.
A seagull walking along the top of a wooden fence.

97% of Antarctic Seabirds Have Ingested Microplastic

A new review of seabird studies suggests that the vast majority of arctic and antarctic seabirds have ingested microplastic particles.
A group of people clink together some glasses of beer.

Beer Byproduct Used in Marmite Can Also Recycle Electronic Waste

Brewer’s yeast – a byproduct of beer making that is also the basis for Marmite – could help recover metals from waste electronics.
A researcher in a white lab coat holds a vial containing the sulfur cathode up to the camera lens.

Self-Healing Cathode Material Could Make Lithium-Sulfur Batteries a Reality

The new cathode material for lithium-sulfur batteries is healable and highly conductive.