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Piper Alpha – What have we learned?July 24, 2018

Fiona Macleod and Stephen Richardson ask: What went wrong on Piper Alpha? Why did it have such disastrous consequences? And what lessons can still be learned today?
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Food-safe lubricants: Avoiding recallsJuly 24, 2018

Chris Johnson examines a common cause of recalls in the food industry — chemical contamination, and provides advice on choosing the correct food-grade lubricant for food processing applications, and the potential dangers of taking shortcuts

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Advanced anaerobic digestion in Ireland: An analysisMay 1, 2018

Matt Smyth looks at the opportunity for advanced anaerobic digestion in Ireland, which, followed by reuse of the residual biosolids on land, has been evaluated to be the most sustainable solution for wastewater sludge treatment and disposal
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A future colourfully lit by mystifying physics of paint-on semiconductorsMarch 20, 2018

It defies conventional wisdom; it's baffling that it even works; it eludes physics models. This newly tested class of light-emitting semiconductors is so easy to produce from solution that it could be painted onto surfaces to light up our future in myriad colours shining from affordable lasers, LEDs, and even window glass
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Graphene on toast, anyone?February 20, 2018

The same scientists who introduced laser-induced graphene have enhanced their technique to produce what may become a new class of edible electronics