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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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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.
A man holds a black drone in his outstretched arm, against a sea backdrop

“Stressed Out” Drone Batteries Could Be Reassigned Less Demanding Jobs

High-stress take-offs can wear out drone batteries quickly, but those batteries may still have use elsewhere.
A woman wearing a respirator mask stands on top of a hill, with smog in the background

Magnetic Airborne Particles Linked to Development of Alzheimer’s

Tiny magnetic particles in the air could be linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, a new study suggests.
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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.