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Fungi and rust can stifle smell of slurry

New study shows how fungal spores and rust can help reduce the stench of slurry in biofilters, which help prevent harmful substances from being released into the atmosphere.

New nanotechnology paves way for molecular super glue

A new method which enables the combination of metals and plastics at a molecular level has been developed by Danish researchers. This ‘molecular glue’ forms strong and tight sealing bonds between materials that would not otherwise stick together.

Reduce PFC exposure and rescue childhood vaccines

To ensure that childhood vaccines work, we need to reduce our exposure to harmful PFC substances. The maximum daily intake should even be reduced dramatically, new data shows.

Special genes suspected to cause lethal overdose in drug addicts

Forensic scientists investigate genes from dead and living drug addicts on suspicion of link between overdose risk and minor variations in the genes.

New centre to unravel mystery of solar energy storage

A new research centre has been given five years to develop new techniques for storing solar energy.

Soil bacteria can clean your drinking water

Bacteria that occur naturally in soil can effectively reduce the amounts of the pesticide residue BAM in drinking water.

Liposomes in skin creams don’t work

Liposomes in skin creams are not capable of carrying nourishing and beautifying substances into the skin’s deeper layers, as previously assumed.

Sea ice regulates greenhouse gases on land

Atmospheric levels of CO2 and methane above land are mainly determined by sea ice melting to water.

Sedatives turn fish into unsociable gluttons

Drug residues in the waterways can have unexpected consequences for our ecosystems, say Swedish researchers after exposing perch to anti-anxiety drugs.

Sun-kissed sulphur reveals volcanic effects on climate

Remains from the most powerful volcanic eruptions were branded by the sun before they ended up buried under the polar ice. This discovery enables scientists to find out when the volcanoes controlled the climate.