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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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Concerned About Microplastics in Your Water? Consider Boiling It First

A new study has found that boiling water traps microplastic particles inside the limescale deposits that build up on a kettle’s inner surfaces, reducing a person's exposure to microplastics.
A surgeon holds a breast implant towards the camera.

New Materials for Reconstructive Surgery Make It Easier To Detect Damage

Researchers have developed an improved version of the gelatin-based materials used in plastic and reconstructive surgeries. Unlike previous implants, this one can be easily detected using an X-ray machine or computed tomography (CT) scanner.
A woman folds laundry.

Washing Clothes Releases More Than Just Microplastics

Some of the supposed nanoplastics released during textile washing are not nanoplastics at all, but are actually clumps of water-insoluble oligomer molecules. The toxicity of these compounds is not known.
Stonehenge in daylight.

Ancient Glue Suggests Neanderthals and Early Humans Had Similar Thought Patterns

A new study of stone tools from the Middle Palaeolithic period – between 120,000 and 40,000 years ago – suggests that Neanderthals might have had a higher level of cognition than previously thought.
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Emergent and Evolving Battery Technologies

Researchers have become increasingly interested in battery chemistries that may one day outperform the Li-ion class. Download this listicle to learn more about evolving battery chemistries such as cobalt-free cathode materials and sodium-ion batteries.
A red toy robot

Researchers Develop Light-Responsive Material for Soft Robots

Researchers have designed a new, 3D-printable, light-responsive material that can be used to make machines that move without any electronics.
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Could Hydrogel Help Mend a Broken Heart?

Chemical engineers are one step closer to being able to repair damaged hearts, with researchers creating a new synthetic material that accurately mimics the biomechanical properties of fibrous human tissues.
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New Analysis Method Can Detect Forever Chemicals in Under Three Minutes

A new laboratory method can detect the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), more commonly known as "forever chemicals," in a matter of minutes.
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Researchers Design a “Pluripotent” Plastic for Multifunctional Use

Researchers have developed a new “pluripotent" plastic material that can take on many different forms and properties as needed.
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Producing Green Steel From Toxic Industrial Waste

Researchers have developed a new method for processing the waste created by aluminum production. The method extracts significant amounts of high-quality iron from the waste that can be used directly in steelmaking.