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1st October 2022

New drug slows progression of Alzheimer's

A breakthrough in treating Alzheimer's disease is reported by pharmaceutical companies Eisai and Biogen, using a new drug called lecanemab, which is designed to remove beta-amyloid proteins from the brain.

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23rd September 2022

Climate extremes, viruses, social unrest ... war? We desperately need a Plan B

A guest piece by Richard Fox.

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13th September 2022

Gene-edited tomato can fight cancer and heart disease

U.S. regulators have approved a new purple tomato, genetically engineered to be packed with antioxidants and anthocyanins. The fruit will go on sale in 2023.

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12th September 2022

Efficient simulation of 1 billion particles

By redesigning how fluids are simulated, researchers have demonstrated an order of magnitude speed increase on the previous state-of-the-art for slow-flowing viscous liquids.

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4th September 2022

Gene editing of soybean boosts yield by 20%

Multiple gene editing of soybean can improve photosynthesis and boost crop yields by 20%, according to a study by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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4th September 2022

Largest ever offshore windfarm is fully operational

This week, the massive Hornsea Two project became fully operational off the coast of the UK.

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3rd September 2022

James Webb takes its first direct image of an exoplanet

The James Webb Space Telescope has captured its first images of a planet beyond our own Solar System.

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27th August 2022

First detection of CO2 in atmosphere of exoplanet

The James Webb Space Telescope has captured the first clear evidence for carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere of a planet beyond our Solar System.

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19th August 2022

1 in 6 chance of catastrophic volcano eruption within a hundred years

The world is "woefully underprepared" for a massive volcanic eruption and the likely repercussions on global supply chains, climate and food, according to experts.

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18th August 2022

20 exaFLOP supercomputer proposed for 2025

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a request for information from computer hardware and software vendors to assist in the planning, design, and commission of next-generation supercomputing systems.

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17th August 2022

Scientists plan "de-extinction" of Tasmanian tiger

The last known thylacine, also called the Tasmanian tiger, died at Australia's Hobart Zoo in 1936. Now, a team of scientists believe they can resurrect the extinct species within 10 years, using stem cells and gene editing technology.

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14th August 2022

Bioengineered cornea restores vision

A bioengineered cornea made from pig's skin is shown to restore vision to blind people. It can be mass produced and stored for up to two years, unlike donated human corneas that are scarce and must be used within two weeks.

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10th August 2022

Super-Earth found "skimming" habitable zone of red dwarf

The discovery of a super-Earth around the red dwarf Ross 508 is reported by astronomers in Japan. Part of the planet's elliptical orbit takes it within the star's habitable zone, where liquid water may exist.

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8th August 2022

Progress towards a pan-coronavirus vaccine

Researchers have shown that a specific area of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is a promising target for a pan-coronavirus vaccine that could offer protection against new variants, as well as common colds.

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