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Making sure the food we grow is good enough to eat

Producing enough food to feed the world’s growing population is becoming a major concern. But making sure the food we grow is safe, nutritious and good enough to eat is also fraught with difficulty. A new Centre of Excellence for Post-harvest Biotechnology has opened to develop new technologies aimed at reducing food losses, improving overall quality and food safety.



Making the switch from manual to automated specimen handling

Robotics and smart conveying are streamlining specimen handling at one of the largest medical testing laboratories in the US, capable of storing 2.3 million samples and processing 4000 specimens per hour. Jim McMahon reports



Glucose levels may affect decision making

Studies have indicated that there may be a link between blood glucose levels (our body's energy) and thinking.



Making it easier to save energy

Everyone wants to save energy, but there are few individuals who can tell you exactly how much energy the devices in their homes consume.



Bacteria Provide New Insights into Human Decision Making

Scientists studying how bacteria under stress collectively weigh and initiate different survival strategies say they have gained new insights into how humans make strategic decisions that affect their health, wealth and the fate of others in society.



Making the blind see

A recent study used gene therapy to safely improve vision in five children and seven adults with Leber's congenital amaurosis.



Making better stem cells

Scientists has developed a method that dramatically improves the efficiency of creating stem cells from human adult tissue, without the use of embryonic cells. The research makes great strides in addressing a major practical challenge in the development of stem-cell-based medicine.



Making paralysed rats walk

Researchers have discovered that a combination of drugs, electrical stimulation and regular exercise can enable paralysed rats to walk and even run again while supporting their full weight on a treadmill.



Making BMI understandable

A new study shows that parents are more likely to understand a body mass index (BMI) chart if it's colour-coded, like a traffic light, than the standard charts currently in use.



Making bacteria make useful proteins

By adapting a single protein on the surface of the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus, researchers have turned it into a protein production factory, making useful proteins that can act as vaccines and drugs.



Making more efficient fuel cells

Bacteria that generate significant amounts of electricity could be used in microbial fuel cells to provide power in remote environments or to convert waste to electricity.



Making waves in the brain

Scientists have studied high-frequency brain waves, known as gamma oscillations, for more than 50 years, believing them crucial to consciousness, attention, learning and memory.



Making methanol out of CO2

IBN researchers report that by using organocatalysts, they activated carbon dioxide in a mild and non-toxic process to produce methanol, a widely used industrial feedstock and clean-burning biofuel.



Making myelin from stem cells

Scientists report the successful generation from human embryonic stem cells of a type of cell that can make myelin, a finding that opens up new possibilities for both basic and clinical research.



Making cloudy corneas clear

Stem cells collected from human corneas restore transparency and don't trigger a rejection response when injected into eyes that are scarred and hazy.



Making humans obsolete

Scientists are creating automated systems and devices that are able to intelligently and independently draw up new hypotheses and approaches to research based on the data they receive.



Making the perfect batch of chips

Good news for chips lovers everywhere - new research shows that pre-soaking potatoes in water before frying can reduce levels of acrylamide.



Better cultivation – making the most of stem cell research

Stem cell research continues to advance on many levels, particularly in terms of novel cultivation strategies. In the US, however, developments are still being hampered by an ongoing debate over the use of embryonic stem cells in fundamental research. Sean Ottwell reports.



Making sense of relative humidity in the cleanroom environment

Maintaining optimum environmental conditions, such as humidity and temperature, is essential for any workspace, but particularly so for a cleanroom environment.
Of these parameters, relative humidity (RH) is one of the most challenging to measure because it is a truly analytical measurement where the sensor must make direct contact with the environment.



Making junk food healthy

Junk food could be made healthier by adding an extract of an exotic type of seaweed, say British scientists.



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