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Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier the invisible assistant

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Could her famous husband have played such a key role in ‘the new chemistry’ without her? Hayley Bennett investigates

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Ancient Mars meteorites’ organic chemistry cracked – and it’s not alien microbes

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Study uncovers geochemical processes that formed organic compounds millions of years ago, at a time when the red planet still had liquid water

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How protocells bridge the gap from chemistry to biology

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Rachel Brazil talks to the scientists trying to recreate what the first cells were like, or to make their own versions

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Criminal case against Chinese-born top MIT scientist collapses

2022-01-21T09:30:00+00:00

US prosecutors dismiss criminal charges against nanotechnologist Gang Chen, saying they cannot meet the ‘burden of proof at trial’

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Interim report on UK research bureaucracy provides a taste of what’s to come

2022-01-19T09:30:00+00:00

Admin burden has increased over time and grant applications top academics’ list

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World’s first NFT marketplace for science and tech IP to launch in March

2022-01-13T14:30:00+00:00

RMDS Lab in California moves into non-fungible token sales to help fundraise for R&D projects and accelerate technology transfer

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Chinese scientist admits stealing Monsanto trade secrets

2022-01-11T14:00:00+00:00

Imaging scientist faces fines and prison for digital agriculture technology theft

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Daikin-America fined for safety breaches that led to worker deaths

2022-01-10T10:48:00+00:00

US regulator concludes that fluorocarbon leak at Alabama plant caused two later deaths

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Deviation study suggests numerous elemental analyses are too good to be true

2022-01-21T10:27:00+00:00

Should journals introduce new requirements for researchers reporting elemental analysis data?

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Dilanthanide complexes smash record for strongest single-molecule magnet

2022-01-20T09:52:00+00:00

Complexes featuring first ever lanthanide–lanthanide bond could offer way to make powerful new permanent magnets

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Rising ozone pollution threatens east Asia’s cereal crops

2022-01-19T14:30:00+00:00

Losses of wheat, rice and maize add up to $63 billion every year

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Engineered enzyme speeds up sedate organic reaction

2022-01-18T15:59:00+00:00

Biochemical optimisation applied to the Morita–Hillman–Baylis reaction

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Evolved enzymes carry out new-to-nature radical chemistry

2022-01-18T08:30:00+00:00

Directed evolution produces enzymes that can ‘tame’ radical intermediates for asymmetric catalytic reactions

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Wiring up organic synthesis

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James Mitchell Crow talks to the organic chemists using electrochemistry to add or remove electrons to their molecules at the flick of a switch

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How elements are made beyond the stars

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Tim Wogan looks at what recent astronomical discoveries have added to our understanding of stellar nucleosynthesis, and the mysteries that remain 

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Thomas Midgeley and the toxic legacy of leaded fuel

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Leaded petrol was around for 100 years, and the campaign against it for almost as long. Mike Sutton reveals its history

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The labs pointing to a greener future for Africa

By Munyaradzi Makoni

Tackling climate is not just a job for scientists in more developed countries. Munyaradzi Makoni talks to researchers in Kenya and South Africa to find out more

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  • Powerful technology through tiny particles: Innovation with aqueous colloidal silica