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The growing problem of pesticide resistance


Weeds and other plant pests can no longer be controlled by chemicals as easily as they could. Bárbara Pinho talks to the scientists finding solutions

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Supramolecular cage unlocks mild aldehyde reduction strategy

By Robin Brabham

Computational analysis reveals how encapsulation stabilises protonated oxocarbenium ion of furfural, which makes the carbonyl moiety easier to reduce

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Smart tattoos are keeping tabs on our health


Nina Notman takes a snapshot of the burgeoning field of health and fitness monitoring tattoos and patches

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Hole in UK science budget for Horizon Europe membership plugged


Funding appears to have been agreed to cover association to the EU’s huge research programme

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France steps up hydrogen research with €7 billion investment


‘Green’ hydrogen, fuel cells for vehicles and storage of the gas will all receive funding

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Bath becomes first UK university to sign green chemistry pledge


79 institutes around the world have now agreed to focus on green principles in chemistry education

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Why do higher educational institutions keep getting hacked?


UK’s cyber security centre warns of increasing attacks on university computer networks

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Funding cuts and uncertainty leave UK researchers in the lurch


Financing of research and Horizon Europe programme thrown into turmoil by millions of pounds worth of cuts

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Coffee pods and 3D printing combine to create cheap and quick Covid-19 tests


Repurposed aluminium capsules enable a point-of-care test ideal for remote and low-income settings

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Four-electron transfer is a first for f-element chemistry


Uranium (II) systems shown to effect reduction of azobenzene to yield a bis(imido) uranium (VI) complex

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Exoplanet’s chemical fingerprint suggest a distant birthplace


Unexpectedly high levels of carbon on Osiris indicate an intriguing past

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New injection moulding technique allows glass to be cast in any shape


Energy costs of producing glass can also be cut by as much as 40%

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Chemists reconsider the impact of through-space effects


Through-space electrostatic effects are shown to be dominant in certain radical reactions, where previously through-bond interactions were thought to determine reaction rate

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Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • Mary Sherman Morgan: The best kept secret in the space race

  • Julia Lermontova: an early pioneer

  • Margarita Salas: the marquesa of molecular biology

  • Sylvia Stoesser – the first female chemist at Dow

  • Martin Gouterman: the gay man behind the four-orbital model

  • Stefanie Horovitz – the woman behind the isotope

  • Marguerite Perey and the last element in nature

  • Ghanaian biochemistry TV star Marian Addy

  • Barbara Low, penicillin and the protein pi helix

  • Alice Ball’s treatment for leprosy


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Getting to the root of soil nitrogen


The farming industry’s reliance on nitrogen compounds is altering the environment, but Ian Le Guillou finds a better understanding of the interplay between plants and microbes could help to reduce the impact

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Flow chemistry surges forward


The long-discussed technique could help make pharma manufacturing more distributed, finds Andy Extance, and create opportunities for chemists with the right skills

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Sustainable solar power


Getting energy from the sun isn’t renewable until the panels are recyclable. James Mitchell Crow talks to the scientists making it happen

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Drugging RNA


Some medicinal chemists have changed their focus from proteins to target RNA, finds Rachel Brazil 

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