Can Microbiology Aid the End of World Hunger?

According to a new report from the American Academy of Microbiology, a combination of agricultural microbiology and new technologies could help mitigate potential food shortages which are being associated with future world population increase.

The report, ‘How Microbes can Help Feed the World’, is based on the deliberation of a group of scientific experts who gathered for two days in Washington DC in December 2012 to consider a series of questions regarding how plant-microbe interactions could be employed to boost agricultural productivity in an environmentally and economically responsible way.

In the year 2050, the global population is estimated at 9 billion, which means that agricultural yields will have to increase by 70-100%! Improved understanding of plant-microbe interactions has the potential to increase crop productivity by 20% while reducing fertilizer and pesticide requirements by 20%, within 20 years, according to the report.

Grow Some Brains!

A group of scientists have grown miniature “human brains” in a laboratory in Austria.

The pea-sized structures reached the same level of development as in a nine-week-old foetus, but are incapable of thought. The scientists say their success could lead to new levels of understanding about the way brains develop and what goes wrong in disorders such as schizophrenia and autism.

The method allows pluripotent stem cells to develop into cerebral organoids – or “mini brains” – that consist of several discrete brain regions.

Neuroscientists have described the findings as astounding and fascinating, as the human brain is one of the most complicated structures in the universe.

Scientists at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have now reproduced some of the earliest stages of the organ’s development in the laboratory.

Periodic Table – Time to Update?

It might be time to update the periodic table!

Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have presented evidence that confirms the existence of a previously unknown chemical element. The new, super-heavy element has yet to be named, but has an atomic number of 115.

Besides the observations of the new chemical element, the researchers have also gained access to data that gives them a deeper insight into the structure and properties of super-heavy atomic nuclei.

Now, the information will be brought to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) who will determine if further testing is required to officially acknowledge it as a new period element.

Kinetica @ Lab Innovations Exhibition 6th & 7th November 2013

Kinetica will be attending the renowned Lab Innovations Exhibition, held at NEC, Birmingham on 6th & 7th November 2013!

The event provides a forum for laboratory buyers and laboratory suppliers to meet and do business. Lab Innovations 2012 proved itself to be the industry event for visitors to see the latest technology providing cost-cutting solutions, increasing productivity and higher ROI for their business.

We at Kinetica will be exhibiting our professional recruitment services to one of our key industries, whilst holding some fun activities on the day!

Visit the official Lab Innovations 2013 website here.

More details on where to meet our Kinetica team to follow.

Kinetica Goes Mobile!

Kinetica has now launched its new mobile website! This means that anyone visiting our website from their smartphone will automatically see an optimised, mobile friendly version of the site which is easier to navigate on small screens.

You can now access all our information and online services quickly and easily via your mobile – in just a few clicks you can apply for a new job role, read our blog or get in touch with one of our offices!

Though smartphones will automatically show the mobile site, iPads and other tablets will show the main site by default. If you’d rather view the full site on your smartphone, scroll to the bottom of the page and select the “Desktop Site” option.

With our website now mobile friendly, it is now even easier to search and apply for your perfect job role on the move. With a wealth of scientific and medical vacancies and new roles being constantly added, you are sure to find your ideal job with Kinetica.