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Looking inside food microstructures

Food's microstructure can explain many of its characteristics—be it cake's sponginess, bread's crispness, cracker's crunchiness or fruits' inner gas and water transport system and even colour. Understanding ...

Jan 24, 2014
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Talking plants… science fiction?

Science is becoming closer emulating the fiction of the Avatar movie, by deciphering plants' electrical signals to devise new holistic environmental biosensors.

Jan 21, 2014
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The case for low methane-emitting cattle

You may think that climate change is being caused by burning oil, coal and gas. But not so fast! The emission of methane from cattle is a surprisingly important factor. Methane from cows—a greenhouse gas ...

Jan 13, 2014
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Grass as the new biofuel

A new European research project seeks grass crops that could be grown and harvested on marginal lands, away from areas suitable for food crops

Dec 18, 2013
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Quick ID for water pathogens

Drinking water flowing from your tap can contain harmful bacteria, viruses and single-cell animals. And most countries do not routinely test for all these bugs. Instead, scientists usually take a water sample ...

Oct 30, 2013
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Nanodiamonds: A cancer patient's best friend?

Diamonds are sometimes considered as a girl's best friend. Now, this expression is about to have a new meaning. Indeed, nanometric scale diamond particles could offer a new way to detect cancer far earlier ...

Oct 23, 2013
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Scrutinising rivers upstream

Climate change influences water cycles. Particularly, it has an effect on the natural and socio-economic processes of river basins. Major rivers of the world have their origin in alpine-style mountains. The trouble is that ...

Oct 17, 2013
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