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The Christmas Lectures: Extending the experience outside the lecture theatre (2022)
Journal Article
Little, H., Fogg-Rogers, L., & Sardo, A. M. (in press). The Christmas Lectures: Extending the experience outside the lecture theatre. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication,

Traditionally, the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures have always adopted a deficit model for communication, with one or two invited scientists giving lectures to an audience present at the Royal Institution (Ri) and, since 1936, an audience watc... Read More about The Christmas Lectures: Extending the experience outside the lecture theatre.

Marimo actuated rover systems (2022)
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Phillips, N., Draper, T. C., Mayne, R., Reynolds, D. M., & Adamatzky, A. (2022). Marimo actuated rover systems. Journal of Biological Engineering, 16(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s13036-021-00279-0

Background: The potential to directly harness photosynthesis to make actuators, biosensors and bioprocessors has been previously demonstrated in the literature. Herein, this capability has been expanded to more advanced systems — Marimo Actuated Rove... Read More about Marimo actuated rover systems.

Analytical approaches and trends in the determination of psychoactive drugs in air (2022)
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Zambas-Adams, P., & Honeychurch, K. (2022). Analytical approaches and trends in the determination of psychoactive drugs in air. Sci, 4(1), https://doi.org/10.3390/sci4010001

Understanding of the levels of psychoactive drugs in air is important for assessing both occupational and environmental exposure. Intelligence on the usage and manufacture of illegal drugs can also be gained. Environmental analysis and determination... Read More about Analytical approaches and trends in the determination of psychoactive drugs in air.

Investing in the future of science: Assessing UK environmental science engagement with school-aged children (2021)
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Hobbs, L., & Stevens, C. (in press). Investing in the future of science: Assessing UK environmental science engagement with school-aged children. Plants, People, Planet, https://doi.org/10.1002/ppp3.10250

Societal Impact Statement: Currently, there is no national overview of environmental science engagement in the United Kingdom. Children are key stakeholders in the future of science more generally and environmental science specifically. Appraising th... Read More about Investing in the future of science: Assessing UK environmental science engagement with school-aged children.

Passive impedance sensing using a SAW resonator-coupled biosensor for zero-power wearable applications (2021)
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Yue, X., Kiely, J., Luxton, R., Chen, B., McLeod, C. N., & Drakakis, E. M. (in press). Passive impedance sensing using a SAW resonator-coupled biosensor for zero-power wearable applications. IEEE Sensors Journal, https://doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2021.3136705

A bio-sensing scheme, which acquires impedance information of a capacitive biosensor by using the reflected RF signal from a surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonator connected to the biosensor, is proposed. This technique requires no power to be supplie... Read More about Passive impedance sensing using a SAW resonator-coupled biosensor for zero-power wearable applications.

Influence of metals in the column or instrument on performance in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (2021)
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McCalley, D. V. (2022). Influence of metals in the column or instrument on performance in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A, 1663, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chroma.2021.462751

A method is proposed for measuring the relative contribution of extracolumn and column effects to the detrimental interactions which occur between metal-sensitive solutes and the complete HPLC system. The method involves the substitution of a length... Read More about Influence of metals in the column or instrument on performance in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography.

Transforming tradition: how the iconic Christmas Lectures series is perceived by its audiences (2021)
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Sardo, A. M., Little, H., & Fogg-Rogers, L. (2021). Transforming tradition: how the iconic Christmas Lectures series is perceived by its audiences. International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 11(4), https://doi.org/10.1080/21548455.2021.2012298

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are a landmark in the history of science communication. With today’s changing media landscape, it is important to know who is currently watching, how they are watching, and how they are perceiving the content.... Read More about Transforming tradition: how the iconic Christmas Lectures series is perceived by its audiences.

Peoples’ experiences of painful diabetic neuropathy: A qualitative interview study (2021)
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McCabe, C., Cramp, F., Gauntlett-Gilbert, J., & Davies, B. (2021). Peoples’ experiences of painful diabetic neuropathy: A qualitative interview study. Pain and Rehabilitation, 50, 14-21

Objective Painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) is a common complication of diabetes. This study explored the experience and impact of living with PDN. Design People with PDN were recruited through local NHS clinics and by national advertisement in di... Read More about Peoples’ experiences of painful diabetic neuropathy: A qualitative interview study.

Inhibition of corrosion causing Pseudomonas aeruginosa using plasma-activated water (2021)
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Asimakopoulou, E., Εkonomou, S. Ι., Papakonstantinou, P., Doran, O., & Stratakos, A. C. (in press). Inhibition of corrosion causing Pseudomonas aeruginosa using plasma-activated water. Journal of Applied Microbiology, https://doi.org/10.1111/jam.15391

Aims: The cost of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) significantly affects a wide range of sectors. This study aims to assess the efficiency of a novel technology based on the use of plasma-activated water (PAW) in inhibiting corrosion caus... Read More about Inhibition of corrosion causing Pseudomonas aeruginosa using plasma-activated water.

Carbon nanotube (CNT)-based biosensors (2021)
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Ferrier, D., & Honeychurch, K. C. (2021). Carbon nanotube (CNT)-based biosensors. Biosensors, 11(12), https://doi.org/10.3390/bios11120486

This review focuses on recent advances in the application of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for the development of sensors and biosensors. The paper discusses various configurations of these devices, including their integration in analytical devices. Carbon... Read More about Carbon nanotube (CNT)-based biosensors.

Molecular hydrogen as medicine: An assessment of administration methods (2021)
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Russell, G., Nenov, A., Kisher, H., & Hancock, J. T. (2021). Molecular hydrogen as medicine: An assessment of administration methods. Hydrogen, 2(4), 444-460. https://doi.org/10.3390/hydrogen2040025

Since the late 18th century, molecular hydrogen (H2) has been shown to be well tolerated, firstly in animals, and then in humans. However, although research into the beneficial effects of molecular hydrogen in both plant and mammalian physiology is g... Read More about Molecular hydrogen as medicine: An assessment of administration methods.

Ethics as lived practice. Anticipatory capacity and ethical decision-making in forensic genetics (2021)
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Wienroth, M., Granja, R., Lipphardt, V., Amoako, E. N., & McCartney, C. (2021). Ethics as lived practice. Anticipatory capacity and ethical decision-making in forensic genetics. Genes, 12(12), 1868. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12121868

Greater scrutiny and demands for innovation and increased productivity place pressures on scientists. Forensic genetics is advancing at a rapid pace but can only do so responsibly, usefully, and acceptably within ethical and legal boundaries. We argu... Read More about Ethics as lived practice. Anticipatory capacity and ethical decision-making in forensic genetics.

The efficacy of chlorine-based disinfectants against planktonic and biofilm bacteria for decentralised point-of-use drinking water (2021)
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Clayton, G. E., Thorn, R., & Reynolds, D. (2021). The efficacy of chlorine-based disinfectants against planktonic and biofilm bacteria for decentralised point-of-use drinking water. npj Clean Water, 4(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41545-021-00139-w

Chlorine solutions are used extensively for the production of biologically safe drinking water. The capability of point-of-use [POU] drinking water treatment systems has gained interest in locations where centralised treatment systems and distributio... Read More about The efficacy of chlorine-based disinfectants against planktonic and biofilm bacteria for decentralised point-of-use drinking water.

MicroRNAs and the DNA damage response: How is cell fate determined? (2021)
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Visser, H., & Thomas, A. D. (2021). MicroRNAs and the DNA damage response: How is cell fate determined?. DNA Repair, 108, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dnarep.2021.103245

It is becoming clear that the DNA damage response orchestrates an appropriate response to a given level of DNA damage, whether that is cell cycle arrest and repair, senescence or apoptosis. It is plausible that the alternative regulation of the DNA d... Read More about MicroRNAs and the DNA damage response: How is cell fate determined?.

But my peaks are not Gaussian! Part 3: Physicochemical causes of peak tailing (2021)
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Mccalley, D., & Stoll, D. R. (2021). But my peaks are not Gaussian! Part 3: Physicochemical causes of peak tailing. LCGC North America, 39(11), 526–533, 539

Although symmetric peaks with Gaussian shapes are predicted by models of the chromatographic process, "perfect peaks" are not observed often outside of textbooks. Several physico-chemical phenomena can lead to asymmetric peak shapes, including analyt... Read More about But my peaks are not Gaussian! Part 3: Physicochemical causes of peak tailing.

The current status of the world’s primates: Mapping threats to understand priorities for primate conservation (2021)
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Fernández, D., Kerhoas, D., Dempsey, A., Billany, J., McCabe, G., & Argirova, E. (in press). The current status of the world’s primates: Mapping threats to understand priorities for primate conservation. International Journal of Primatology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10764-021-00242-2

Over the past decades, primate populations have been declining. Four years ago, >60% of species were listed as threatened. As the rate of loss accelerates and new IUCN assessments are being published, we used IUCN Red List assessments and peer-review... Read More about The current status of the world’s primates: Mapping threats to understand priorities for primate conservation.

Molecular hydrogen: Is this a viable new treatment for plants in the UK? (2021)
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Hancock, J. T., LeBaron, T. W., May, J., Thomas, A., & Russell, G. (2021). Molecular hydrogen: Is this a viable new treatment for plants in the UK?. Plants, 10(11),

Despite being trialed in other regions of the world, the use of molecular hydrogen (H2) for enhanced plant growth and postharvest storage of crops has yet to be widely accepted in the UK. The evidence continues to grow that treatment of plants and pl... Read More about Molecular hydrogen: Is this a viable new treatment for plants in the UK?.