• Added 7th October 2014

    Assessing Benefits and Harms

    When an observational study shows that a drug has beneficial effects, it is a given that a large controlled study must then follow to confirm the findings. Yet when a ...

  • Added 6th October 2014

    Rare Earths Part 4: Substitutes

    Sustainable alternatives are growing in popularity, but how sustainable are they? Technologies like wind power and electric cars depend on a rare earth element supply that may not be able ...

  • Added 29th September 2014

    The Future of Heavy Feedstock Refining

    As the demand for cleaner fuels increases and feedstocks change, so must the technologies for refining them. Conventional methods for refining heavy feedstocks are already gradually giving way to innovative ...

  • Added 29th September 2014

    Surfactants and Nanoscience

    Because of their unique and useful properties, surfactants have contributed to many advances in colloid and interface science. They are now playing a vital role in nanoscience, where they may ...

  • Added 29th September 2014

    Intractable Proteins

    Genetically modified crops may contain newly expressed proteins that are dubbed 'intractable.' What are the characteristics that result in a protein being given that description, and what are the available ...

  • Added 26th September 2014

    Drug Repositioning: Do It Quickly, Easily, Now

    Pharmaceutical companies know that equally important to the search for new drugs is the repurposing of existing ones. There are many approaches to finding alternative applications for drugs, and each ...

  • Added 26th September 2014

    Clinical Considerations for Biosimilar Antibodies

    Biosimilars, which are near copies of branded biologics, may cost far more to bring to market than standard generics, but their growth rate is now reaching 20% a year. To ...

  • Added 26th September 2014

    Social Media: Data Mining and Modeling Drug Use

    From tracking flu outbreaks to monitoring drug side effects, researchers are increasingly turning to social media as a potent information source. Mining and analyzing data from social networks even has ...

  • Added 23rd September 2014

    Advanced Applications for Natural Polymers

    The success of synthetic polymers once made the future look uncertain for naturally-derived biomaterials. But now natural polymers ranging from chitosan to gelatin are increasingly being used for scaffolding and ...

  • Added 11th September 2014

    Interpreting Next Generation Sequence Data

    DNA sequencing technology is transforming biomedical research, from the study of cancer therapies to rare disorders. But researchers still must look through massive amounts of scientific literature to locate facts ...

  • Added 11th September 2014

    Procurement Planning in the Oil Industry

    There are many moving parts in oil refining operations, creating untold challenges for procurement planning. A unique programming model, which allows for the blending of crude oils in tanks, can ...

  • Added 11th September 2014

    The Future of Chemoinformatics

    When designing information systems and research solutions for chemists, every possibility deserves consideration. From contextualizing citations to improving searches based on usage patterns, many big ideas are on the drawing ...

  • Added 11th September 2014

    Assessing the Risk of Sprayed Consumer Products

    Spray products for the consumer market, ranging from air freshener to insect killer, are under increasing scrutiny. To ensure that they are safe for users, it's important to model the ...

  • Added 11th September 2014

    Monitoring Scholarly Scientific Literature

    To stay current with the latest scientific research, medical affairs professionals must know the best sources for articles. Equally vital is having the "search savvy" needed to effectively mine those ...

  • Added 28th August 2014

    Rare Earths Part 3: Finding New Sources

    Because the high tech sector and its needs are relatively new, rare earth elements (REEs) have been virtually ignored for decades – so there's a lot of catching up to ...