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Lead piping 'unlikely' to have poisoned Romans

23 April 2014 Research

Lead pipes did contaminate water supplies, but not enough to cause severe poisoning

New solution to missing xenon paradox

23 April 2014 Research

The exceptional heat and pressure at the Earth's centre may have locked xenon up in iron and nickel compounds

Molecules mimic mesmerising mathematics

22 April 2014 Research

Computer modelling predicts formation of molecular quasicrystals

Graphene made in a kitchen blender

22 April 2014 Research

High quality flakes of two-dimensional material exfoliated from graphite points way to bulk production

How to print a crystal in 3D

17 April 2014 Research

Rather than looking at a crystal on a screen, print it out and hold it in your hand

Starfish glue secrets under the microscope

16 April 2014 Research

Temporary adhesive holds promise for surgery and tissue engineering applications

DNA cube programmed for an exclusive reveal

16 April 2014 Research

Hydrogen bonds keeping the cube’s shape only unzip in the presence of a very specific trigger

Toilet flushes could help power homes

15 April 2014 Research

Transducer converts water motion into energy

Raman bites into tooth decay

14 April 2014 Research

Mineral distribution signals help discriminate healthy enamel from cavities

Nanotubes zip into bundle of solar energy

14 April 2014 Research

Closely packing photoisomerisable groups together boosts energy storage density of versatile solar thermal fuels

Redefining moisturiser

11 April 2014 Research

The secret to soft skin is not necessarily increasing its water content but retaining molecular fluidity

Nanocrystalline copper turns CO into fuel

10 April 2014 Research

New electrode converts carbon monoxide into alcohols and may be a route to storing renewable energy

Pumping gone soft

9 April 2014 Research

Combustion drives silicone device with heart-like chambers

Gel to heal divide between bones and surgical implants

8 April 2014 Research

Material slowly releases growth hormone to aid healing and reduce rejection problems

Olive oil may offer diabetes protection

8 April 2014 Research

Oleic acid found to regulate insulin secretion and minimise blood sugar spikes

SERS tubing makes intravenous drug delivery safer

7 April 2014 Research

Detection system gives a detailed picture of patient medication in real time

Isolation of cyanoformate suggests new carbon capture approaches

7 April 2014 Research

Elusive ion solves mystery that baffled plant biochemists and offers new way to trap carbon dioxide

Calculations predict new form of phosphorus

4 April 2014 Research

Flat layers of ‘blue phosphorus’ may have ideal properties for nano-electronics

Power up with body heat

4 April 2014 Research

Repeated bending is not a problem for new wearable thermoelectric generator

Nanoporous anodes charge up

3 April 2014 Research

If only their components were cheaper

Growing great graphene on germanium

3 April 2014 Research

New technique allows large scale production of defect free graphene suitable for electronics

DVD diagnostics

2 April 2014 Research

Quantitative pregnancy test uses DVDs, a DVD player and freely-available software that checks disc-quality

Caffeine-fuelled fix for runaway eye treatment

1 April 2014 Research

Cocrystallising an antibiotic with caffeine makes it less soluble, and could sidestep washout problems

Shifting fluids with fuel-free enzyme pumps

31 March 2014 Research

Enzymes that move their substrate around could find applications in drug delivery and defence

Zinc ruled out as biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease

31 March 2014 Research

Study says decreasing serum zinc levels are a sign of ageing