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Microbubbles provide new boost for biofuel production

A solution to the difficult issue of harvesting algae for use as a biofuel has been developed using microbubble technology pioneered at the University of Sheffield. The technique builds on previous research in which microbubbles were used to improve the way algae is cultivated.



pH electrodes provide measurement in variable temperature environments

Suitable for quality control and research for biological samples and proteins, dairy, food and beverages



Cell lines provide insight into DNA repair in leukemia

Horizon Discovery licenses 50 New X-MAN Cell Lines from Public University Corporation Yokohama City University



Thermal cyclers provide functionality for everyday use

Intuitive user interfaces, with clear display of protocols for highly efficient programming and operation



Anti-obesity drugs unlikely to provide lasting benefit

Scientists argue that anti-obesity drugs fail to provide lasting benefits for health and well-being because they only tackle the biological consequences of obesity.



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.



Bacterial insights provide vast understanding

Researchers have constructed a complete model, including three dimensional protein structures, of the central metabolic network of the bacterium Thermotoga maritima.



Spices provide eco-friendly pesticides

Scientists in Canada are reporting exciting new research on these so-called 'essential oil pesticides' or 'killer spices' and represent a relatively new class of natural insecticides that show promise as an environmentally-friendly alternative.



Strategic partnership will aim to provide support for PAT initiative

The pharmaceutical industry is undergoing a period of dramatic change. Pharmaceutical manufacturers today are challenged by increasing global competition, commoditisation, new regulations, and higher quality standards.



Joint disease: biomarkers might provide new approach

Dagmar Kasper and Laszlo B Tankó look at developments in immunoassays.



Locked nucleic acid fluorescent probes provide novel alternative

Locked nucleic acid is a promising and powerful technology for real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction.



Automation innovations provide twin boost for lab efficiency

Known as Crystal Farm, a new imaging system developed in the USA simplifies and automates protein crystallisation by integrating incubation at chosen temperatures together with optical imaging of the crystal growth plates at pre-scheduled intervals. This accelerates the process of growing diffraction-quality protein crystals.



Natural fruit juices provide alternative to reformed fruit pieces

All the way from California, Berry Blasters, from J O Sims, are the result of five years' R&D into creating a real fruit ingredient using a raisin base.



Speciality starches provide superior emulsification and encapsulation

In addition to their assured consistent availability and quality, speciality starches can improve processing, produce high quality products and offer substantial savings. Fred Heinze and Himanshu Shah report.



Plastic coatings provide a grease barrier for paper and board

Douglas McNeill examines the optimum solution for the use of paper and paperboard packaging for fatty products.



Driers provide energy efficient solutions

Removing excess moisture in food processing and storage improves productivity, hygiene and prevents clogging of powders so reducing the rate of perish.



Fruit flies provide new knowledge about uninhibited cell growth

In a new study, scientists at the University of Copenhagen show that a specific type of carbohydrate plays an important role in the intercellular signalling that controls the growth and development of the nervous system.



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