Probing the new science GCSEs

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) have devised new science GCSEs to make pupils ‘scientifically literate’ and more aware of the relevance and importance of science to society.

Silicate sieves absorb hexavalent chromium waste

Researchers at Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico, have produced novel titanium-modified mesoporous silica compounds that are used in silicate sieves. These selectively absorb and desorb ions which could be used to remove the carcinogenic substance, hexavalent chromium, found in wastewater from tanneries, dye and pigment factories, and the electroplating industry.

£50 million of funding for research and development projects

A DTI competition for funding will distribute £50 million to collaborative research and development projects.

Cars, components and composites – special edition Institute journal

The automotive sector has a dedicated special issue in the international journal Plastics, Rubber and Composites.

Postgraduate Literature Review competition

Postgraduate students wishing to enter the Institute's Literature Review Prize should submit extended abstracts by 15 November 2006.