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© Anna Parini

© Anna Parini

MAKING SENSE OF A MISCARRIAGE

Mosaic, March 2016 (republished in The Independent & The Atlantic)

“Don’t worry, pregnancy isn’t an illness,” said my midwife, smiling affectionately as I worried about my lack of morning sickness. She must have been well acquainted with the limbo of early pregnancy, the constant fluttering between hope and fear.

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THE APPRENTICESHIP LEVY: WHO'S READY?

Professional Engineering Magazine, April 2017

The government’s levy on employers to help fund apprenticeships is hailed as an opportunity to plug the engineering skills gap – but what’s the reality of welcoming apprentices into the business world?

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CHARGING AHEAD: THE BID FOR BETTER EV BATTERIES

E&T Magazine, February 2017

The success of electric cars is ultimately defined by their batteries. We are reaching a point where the multifaceted trade-offs between cost, safety, range and the speed and accessibility of charging are starting to seriously impress, but can the breakthroughs continue?

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MINING ASTEROIDS FOR MINERALS & WATER

E&T Magazine, February 2016

Hollywood movies have long associated the word ‘asteroid’ with the destruction of Earth, but these space rocks could prove useful for deep space exploration and a multi-billion-dollar mining industry.

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Illustration: Colourbox

Illustration: Colourbox

CAN YOU TRUST WHAT YOU READ?

Technologist, October 2015

Thanks to major European initiatives, scientific publishers are feeling the pressure to crack down on plagiarism.

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Image: Shutterstock

Image: Shutterstock

FROM DEADLY TOXINS TO LIFE-SAVING DRUGS

Horizon, July 2015

Deadly venom from snakes, frogs, scorpions and insects could lead to novel treatments for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, thanks to a new toxin library, which can be screened to find leads for new drugs.

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Copyright: H9Stock

Copyright: H9Stock

BUBBLE WRAP PITCHED AS CHEAP LAB EQUIPMENT

SciDevNet, August 2014

Bubble wrap has recently been pitched by US scientists as a cheap and ubiquitous vessel for conducting chemical reactions in developing countries — but questions remain over how useful it will be in practice.

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SMALL SCIENCE, BIG FUTURE

The Guardian, October 2013 (producing editor of supplement)

Good things come in small packages, or so they say. But there's small, and then there's nano – things so tiny that they are almost impossible to imagine.

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MOTHER NATURE TALKS NANOTECH

The Guardian, October 2013

Nanotechnology promises 1,000 terabytes of storage on a disc the size of a CD.

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