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Serial Killer Enigmas

By Alexander Baron

Two of the UK’s most depraved killers were in the news recently: child killer Robert Black died in a Northern Ireland prison of natural causes aged 68, while Levi Bellfield has at last confessed to the murder of teenager Amanda Dowler. The word monster is often applied to men like Black, but in his case […]

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Nanoparticles Deliver Anti-Cancer Therapy

By Tim Sandle

Researchers have successfully used nanoparticles to iver tumor supressing medication, as part of a potential – and novel – anti-cancer treatment. The focus is on cancer of the liver. Liver cancer is very difficult to treat at a late stage, as such ivering therapeutic drug is challenging. One reason is the side-effects of the medications, which […]

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Zika On The Move

By Tim Sandle

There has been considerable coverage in the news recently about Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Unlike similar viruses with similar vectors, such as dengue, Zika is relatively under-researched. This is despite the first reported case of the virus being reported during the 1940s. One of the reasons why Zika is a prominent discussion […]

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Do We Still Need Universities?

By Alexander Baron

Last year, the British Government announced it was to replace maintenance grants for lower income university students with loans. Understandably, this has caused consternation and led to considerable resistance. While the Government is right to try to save money on education, the question has to be asked, is it going about it the wrong way, […]

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Passing Of Colin Butler, Bee Expert

By Tim Sandle

The entomologist Colin Butler has passed away at the grand old age of 102. He is credited with discovering the substance produce by queen bees that attracts drones (a type of pheromone). The dubbed this as “queen substance”. The discovery of the queen bee pheromone was of great importance, for it altered our social understanding […]

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Did Putin Really Murder Litvinenko?

By Alexander Baron

In November 2006, Russian exile Alexander Litvinenko was murdered in London. The assassination of a then relatively unknown individual was nothing sensational, but this murder had echoes of the death of an earlier and quite bizarre murder of a former East European exile. On September 11, 1978, the Bulgarian novelist Georgi Markov died in a […]

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New Screening Method To Protect Europe’s Ash Trees

By Tim Sandle

Scientists based at the University of York have completed an investigation into a screening method for a disease that is ravaging the ash tress (Fraxinus excelsior) of Europe. The disease is fungal in origin, arising from a fungal pathogen called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. The aim of the research is to find genetic markers that can predict if individual trees in […]

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Psychoactive Substances Bill Edges Closer

By Tim Sandle

In 2015, The Latest News reported on the UK’s proposed ‘Psychoactive Substances Bill’. The legislation was drawn up for several reasons, although one of the foremost is the growing problem with some people taking mood-enhancing drugs, especially those that are not currently classed as “illegal” (the so-called legal highs). One example is a substance called “Spice,” which […]

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Can Bill Cosby Get A Fair Trial?

By Alexander Baron

The eleventh hour indictment of Bill Cosby for aggravated sexual assault on Andrea Constand resulted in those baying for his blood rejoicing publicly, Gloria Allred in particular. While it is well to always remember that the real target of this grubby little conspiracy is not Cosby himself but statutes of limitations for sexual offences throughout […]

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Five Charged For Pharmaceutical Espionage

By Tim Sandle

Spying for major governments is a dull affair, unlike what is often portrayed in movies. Spying for a pharmaceutical company, seeking trade secrets, may be equally as prosaic, but it can iver very lucrative rewards – unless you are caught, of course. Being caught is what has happened to five people to face prosecution in the […]

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