Science

Polzyme mulch

Dirty rotten plastic? Biodegradable film cuts pollution and costs

A new Spanish firm hopes to end agricultural plastic waste with an environmentally friendly product. HAL WILLIAMS speaks to the founders… PLASTIC is pretty much...
The Neutrocheck device

Cancer treatment gets boost from med-tech development

52 NORTH Health, a UK- and US-based med-tech start-up, has raised £1m in its first round of funding from British and European specialist investors. 52...
ClearSky remote sensing in agriculture

All-seeing eye in the sky is ‘revolutionary’ farm tech

A NEW service could revolutionise the way satellite imagery is used in precision agriculture. The ClearSky service by UK tech companies Origin Digital and Aspia...
Cancer startup entrepreneurs

University’s incubator programme selects cancer-fighting start-ups

TWENTY start-ups — eight of them operating projects in the field of cancer — have been selected for a University of Edinburgh incubator programme...
Khe Nuoc Trong

Say it with flowers — or a green greeting card…

IT’S ALL about electronic communication nowadays, but the UK still produces 200 million greeting cards each year. And as with almost everything else, that...
Sleep Cogni device

Dreaming, perchance, of sleep? A UK firm has found a solution

A UK-DESIGNED sleep therapy solution is a step closer to capturing a share of an $80bn global market. SleepCogni, a data-supported device for people suffering...
Jo Halliday, CEO, Talking Medicines

AI and machine learning bolster pharma data-analysis

A SPECIALIST in social intelligence for the pharmaceutical industry has developed a systematic way of measuring patients’ experience of taking medicines. Glasgow-based Talking Medicines was...
ClinSpec Diagnostics cancer lab test

Early cancer-detection tech secures £2.4m funding boost

TECH to improve the early detection of cancer has received a significant boost with a funding deal to support further development. Glasgow-based ClinSpec Diagnostics Limited...
PET plastic waste

Mutant enzyme can break down PET plastic in matter of hours

SCIENTISTS have developed a bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling — within hours. The “mutant” enzyme, engineered after being found in a...
Diamond Light Source Macromolecular Crystallography

AI to the rescue? Oxford-based firm enters partnership to crack COVID-19

AN AI-DRIVEN drug-discovery company in the UK has entered a joint initiative to advance compounds that could treat COVID-19. Oxford-based Exscientia has teamed-up with Diamond...