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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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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.
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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.
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New Liquid Crystal Elastomer Fiber Makes Shape-Shifting Fabrics a Reality

Researchers have developed a new fiber, named FibeRobo, that can reversibly change its shape in response to different temperature stimuli.
Environmental Pollutants: Air

Environmental Pollutants: Air

In this infographic, we explore different types of air pollutants, sources of air pollution and key techniques used to monitor these compounds.
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New Technique Creates Extremely Water-Repellent Materials

Researchers have developed a new mechanism that could hold the key to creating exceptionally water-repellant surfaces. This new technique could have significant implications for sectors such as plumbing, optics and the auto and maritime industries.
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Octopus Skin Inspires New Color-Changing Paint

A naturally occurring dye compound present in the skin of cephalopods – like octopuses and squid – can be used to create novel paints that change their color in response to light.
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New AI Tool Can Help Researchers Understand Quantum Materials

A new AI tool could help accelerate the investigation of novel materials, automating some of the more labor-intensive experimental data analysis within materials research.
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Popular Herbicide Ingredient Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemic in Sri Lanka

The active ingredient in Roundup, the world’s most popular herbicide, may play a role in the epidemic levels of chronic kidney disease seen in rural Sri Lanka, a new study suggests.
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Discovery and Synthesis of Quantum Dots Wins 2023 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2023 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Moungi G. Bawendi, Louis E. Brus and Alexei Ekimov for their discovery and synthesis of quantum dots.
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Microplastics Found in Cave Closed to Visitors for 30 Years

Researchers in Missouri have found high concentrations of microplastic in Cliff Cave, a cave system in Saint Louis County that has been closed off to visitors for the past 30 years. The extent of the microplastic contamination is detailed in two new research papers, published in Science of the Total Environment and Water Research.