Recycling tyres and plastics with an ancient heating method

Thermal decomposition is helping to green two major EU manufacturing industries. By  Michael Allen For thousands of years, humans have converted wood into charcoal through a technique called pyrolysis. Now, Jean-Michel Douarre wants to use this age-old method for a modern purpose: turning old car tyres into new ones. Douarre, the head of research into … Read more

Clues to autism’s causes may lie in the gut

Researchers are exploring links between microorganisms in the human gut and neurodevelopmental disorders in the hope of accelerating diagnosis and treatment. By  Vittoria D’Alessio Professor Alessio Fasano is keenly aware of the challenges faced by families that have children with autism. Fasano, a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in the US, has several relatives and … Read more