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July 31, 2015

Green Extraction of Natural Products: Theory and Practice

Publication Date: March, 2015 Editors: Farid Chemat and Jochen Strube Extraction processes are essential steps in numerous industrial applications from per-fume over pharmaceutical to fine chemical industry. Nowadays, there are three key as-pects in industrial extraction processes: economy and quality, as well as environmental considerations. This book presents a complete […]
July 31, 2015

Researchers create 3D-printed ‘smart’ bottle caps to tell you if your milk is fresh

3D-printed electrical sensors are going to change everything. 3D printing has notched up some mind-boggling accomplishments in its relatively short lifespan. We’ve seen 3D-printed bridges and 3D-printed buildings. Scientists have even managed to produce 3D-printed brain-scaffolding, if you can get your head around that (and if you can’t, at least […]
July 31, 2015

African universities advised to team up on agriculture

Universities across Africa must link up their agricultural research and teaching programmes to help modernise farming on the continent, a conference heard. Speakers told the UN’s third Financing for Development conference in Ethiopia this week that universities should align their agricultural science efforts and collaborate with each other to compete […]
July 31, 2015

Eye drops could dissolve cataracts

Cataracts cloud the eyes of tens of millions of people around the world and nearly 17.2% of Americans over the age of 40. Currently, the only treatment is surgery—lasers or scalpels cut away the molecular grout that builds in the eye as cataracts develop, and surgeons sometimes replace the lens. […]
June 29, 2015

Natures Medicine

By Prof Namrita Lall, featured in PHASA May 2015 newsletter Namrita Lall, medicinal plant scientist, University of Pretoria. Research interests: pharmacology and toxicology. South Africa has a wealthy supply of plants. With about 25 000 known species found here, this country is third only to Brazil and Indonesia as […]