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47 dead in China chemicals plant explosion

22 March 2019

Enormous blast at China chemicals producer flattens large parts of industrial park and injures more than 600 people

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DowDuPont ends fungicide dog experiment amid public pressure

22 March 2019

Brazil agrees regulatory waiver for ‘unnecessary’ experiment highlighted in US Humane Society undercover footage

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Chemical analysis supports EU’s toxic tattoo ink ban

21 March 2019

Report finds 20% of tattoo inks contain ‘negative list’ chemicals, although little is known about long-term effects

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Nurturing the next biotech generation

20 March 2019

As incubator environments evolve, options for new companies looking for support are broadening

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EU sets goal of tackling pharmaceutical pollution in the environment

15 March 2019

Commission identifies six areas to take action on

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New record set for the world’s smallest periodic table

14 March 2019

Table less than one fortieth the area of previous record holder is a gift for element maker Yuri Oganessian

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Leading geneticists call for worldwide moratorium on creation of gene-edited children

13 March 2019

Five-year pause would give nations breathing space following the birth of the first genetically-modified children in November

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Odd boron compound gets two nitrogen molecules to link up

25 March 2019

Bis-dinitrogen made directly from nitrogen gas in first-of-its-kind reaction

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Untreated water works just fine as polymerisation solvent

25 March 2019

Discovery that impurities don’t impede reaction could cut costs

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Doing away with membranes from the chloralkali process

22 March 2019

Cost-effective and scalable electrochemical cells rely on inertial separation mechanism, rather than membranes, to keep products separate

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Warnings that dirty stirrer bars can act as phantom catalysts

22 March 2019

Metal contaminants that can’t be removed by cleaning can be a serious problem for sensitive reactions

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Co-crystals fish out cannabinoid from plant extract

21 March 2019

Purifying cannabidiol from natural cannabis extract made cheap and easy thanks to amino acid partner

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Can sodium make organic cross-couplings sustainable?

20 March 2019

Microparticle dispersions make abundant but feisty sodium safer to use as replacements for organolithium in carbon–carbon bond formation

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Bismuth gets involved in small molecule activation

20 March 2019

Reaction adds to research blurring the lines between transition metal and main group compounds

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International survey reveals scale of Brexit concern

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Catalysts with a gentle touch


Enzymes and metal–organic frameworks share some common features and are being investigated for industrial use. Clare Sansom reports

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The battle to lose weight


Losing weight – and not putting it back on – is about much more than willpower. Nina Notman reports on the drugs trying to penetrate the complex metabolic web of hunger and satiety.

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