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Icelandic volcano’s toxic gas is treble that of Europe’s industry

- A huge volcanic eruption in Iceland emitted on average three times as much of a toxic gas as all European industry combined, a study led by the University of Leeds has revealed.

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First glimpses of motor proteins in action

- The first images of motor proteins in action are published in the journal Nature Communications today.

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Astronomers peer into the ‘amniotic sac’ of a planet-hosting star

- Astronomers have successfully peered through the ‘amniotic sac’ of a star that is still forming to observe the innermost region of a burgeoning solar system for the first time.

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Ocean life triggers ice formation in clouds

- Researchers have shown for the first time that phytoplankton (plant life) in remote ocean regions can contribute to rare airborne particles that trigger ice formation in clouds.

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Brazilian wasp venom kills cancer cells by opening them up

- The venom of a wasp native to Brazil could be used in the fight against cancer, according to new University of Leeds research.

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Molecular trick alters rules of attraction for non-magnetic metals

- Scientists have demonstrated for the first time how to generate magnetism in metals that are not naturally magnetic, which could end our reliance on some rare and toxic elements currently used.

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