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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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People standing at the edge of a bonfire, giving off yellow sparks and purple smoke.

400-Year-Old Purple Explosive Smoke Mystery Solved

More than 400 years after the invention of “fulminating gold” explosives, scientists finally have an answer for why these compounds produce their iconic purple smoke.
Lava erupting from an active volcano in Iceland.

Iron Oxide May Explain Mysterious Anomalies Under the Earth’s Surface

Ultra low velocity zones (ULVZs) are strange regions deep under the Earth's surface where seismic waves travel slower than normal. High iron levels have been suggested as one explanation for these zones, with a new study lending extra support to this theory.
Colored nanoparticles under a microscope.

Nanoplastics Create an Environment for Parkinson’s To Develop, Study Suggests

The way in which nanoplastics and a specific brain protein, α-synuclein, interact could create changes in the body that give rise to Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other related dementias, a new study suggests.
A white electric car plugged into a charging station.

“Cooperative” Behavior in Electrolytes Can Significantly Boost Battery Performance

"Cooperative” behavior between complex mixtures in battery electrolytes could provide a new blueprint for future battery design, enabling the wider development of multivalent batteries.
The corner of a mid-rise apartment building, as seen from the ground. There is a shaded balcony and many visible windowpanes.

“Cooling Glass” Tackles Heat Without Air Conditioning

Researchers have developed a new microporous glass coating that can cool indoor temperatures without using electricity. The new technology could lower a mid-rise apartment building’s annual carbon emissions by up to 10%.
A male Ornate Boxfish (Aracana ornata)

New Theory Could Explain How Animals Get Their Stripes

The same physical process that helps to remove dirt from laundry could explain how tropical fish and other patterned animals get their spots, according to new research.
Pleurocystitid robot replica

450-Million-Year-Old Organism Rebuilt as a “Soft” Robot

Scientists have breathed new life into a 450-million-year-old organism, using fossil records to build a robotic replica out of flexible electronics and soft materials.
A person in brown trousers carrying a blue plastic bag as they walk down a hallway

New Plastic Biodegrades in Seawater, Self-Heals Under Heat

Researchers have developed a new plastic material that is both stronger and stretchier than current plastics. It can self-heal scratches when warmed, is partially biodegradable and remembers complex shapes that can be restored when heated.
A satellite photo taken of the Earth

Researchers Find Remains of a Hypothesized Protoplanet Under the Earth’s Mantle

Two continent-sized blobs of strange material, found in the Earth's lower mantle, could be the remains of an ancient planet known as Theia. In a new Nature study, researchers suggest that this collision of Theia and the Earth might have also created the moon.
A recycling bin with the triangle recycling logo on the front.

Plastic-Eating Bacteria Turn Waste Into Useful Materials

Researchers have engineered a strain of E. coli that can digest polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics and transform them into adipic acid – a useful feedstock for nylon materials, drugs and fragrances.