H1N1 virus. Image courtesy of C. S. Goldsmith and A. Balish, from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention archive

Silver lining for anti-bacterial additive

A silver-based additive has been found to have antiviral properties, cutting H1N1 swine flu virus incidents by more than 99.9%, claims a UK company.

T-ray laser gains probe potential

A milestone in imaging and spectroscopy using terahertz (THz) frequency radiation may transform methods for probing chemical and biological materials.

Biodegradable film to replace PLA?

A polymer that could replace PLA and lead to more degradable plastic bags is being spearheaded by chemists at the University of Florida, USA.
Sizewell nuclear power station on the coast at Sizewell, Suffolk, UK. Image courtesy of Les Powell

Out of the ashes - Nuclear New Build 2011 conference report

Hankering for a ‘nuclear renaissance’ to preserve the UK’s energy reserves, investors, material engineers and environmentalists swarmed to reinstate a flailing energy sector at Nuclear New Build 2011 in London, UK.
Man looking at termites on wood. Image courtesy of Purdue Agricultural Communication, USA/Tom Campbell

Termite guts to boost biofuels

Termites may provide the key to breaking down woody biomass for more efficient biofuel production.