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From methional to fried chicken

By Emma Davis


Methional played centre stage at the recent Second International Contest for Note by Note Cooking. The challenge: to make dishes containing only methional and ‘pure’ compounds such as milk proteins, alcohols, amino acids and flavour chemicals, and, ideally, no plant tissues, meat, fish or eggs

Lunar Diary: a chronicle of Earth’s journey through space and time, as seen from the Moon

By Erin Tranfield


Clues to the history of the Earth, the Milky Way and the Universe are hidden on the lunar surface.

More than meets the eye: how space telescopes see beyond the rainbow

By Claudia Mignone and Rebecca Barnes


How do astronomers investigate the life cycle of stars? At the European Space Agency, it’s done using space-based missions that observe the sky in ultraviolet, visible and infrared light – as this fourth article in a series about astronomy and the electromagnetic spectrum describes.

Food that shapes you: how diet can change your epigenome

By Cristina Florean


You are what you eat – quite literally. Our diet can influence the tiny changes in our genome that underlie several diseases, including cancer and obesity.

Making the right moves

By Sarah Mclusky


Cell’s movements are important in health and diseases, but their speed is the crucial point for the 2013 World Cell Race organised by Daniel Irimia.

Inspired by nature: modern drugs

By David Sucunza


Many naturally occurring compounds are useful in medicine – but they can be fabulously expensive to obtain from their natural sources. New scientific methods of synthesis and production are overcoming this problem.

Purple fumes: the importance of iodine

By Frithjof C Küpper, Martin C Feiters, Berit Olofsson, Tatsuo Kaiho, Shozo Yanagida, Michael B Zimmermann, Lucy J Carpenter, George W Luther III, Zunli Lu, Mats Jonsson & Lars Kloo


Iodine, with its characteristic purple vapours, has myriad applications – from the familiar disinfectant to innovative solar cells.

Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

By Susan Watt and Eleanor Hayes


A group of German researchers is bringing to light the medicinal wisdom of the Middle Ages.

Life without the Moon: a scientific speculation

By Erin Tranfield


Soaring temperatures, a flooded landscape, violent winds…. What would our planet be like without the Moon?

A thermometer that goes to 200 million degrees

By Phil Dooley, EFDA-JET


Measuring the temperature inside a fusion reactor is no easy task. Find out how it’s done – and even simulate it in the classroom.

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