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Vaccine development against the clock


How long will it take to develop a coronavirus vaccine and why is it so hard?

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The weirdness of water


Can we explain the strange properties of water by thinking of it as two different liquids? Rachel Brazil dives into the ongoing debate

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‘Liquid biopsy’ blood test accurately spots cancer by detecting DNA methylation


Power of AI harnessed to identify 50 different cancers before symptoms have even begun to emerge  

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Mystery surrounds UK claim of Covid-19 test reagent ‘shortage’


Suppliers are stepping up production to meet demand as UK targets mass testing

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US agency concludes asbestos exposure poses ‘unreasonable’ risk in many cases


Environmental Protection Agency finds exposure to asbestos in the chlor-alkali industry and elsewhere poses serious risk

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Can existing drugs slow Covid-19?


The fastest route to treatments may be to repurpose existing drugs – if they work


Another US researcher charged with lying about Chinese ties


Physicist faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding West Virginia University while secretly working for Chinese talent programme

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Getting ideas across


In a diverse industry like chemicals, we need to make sure we’re open to learning from unexpected angles.

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Program that automatically interprets NMR spectra is boon for structure elucidation


Raw NMR data takes 60 seconds, rather than eight hours, to go from spectrometer to structure

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Structural studies offer glimpse of how coronavirus initiates human cell invasion


Researchers studying virus receptor-binding domains suggest virus could have passed directly from bats to humans

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Autocatalytic process sees amine droplet degrade bulk polymer


Rare example of a tiny local stimulation generating a macroscopic breakdown

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Superconductivity discovered in extra-terrestrial objects for the first time


Material in meteorites is likely to have formed under intense conditions

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Catalytic resonance theory poised to tackle industry’s selectivity issues


Breaking the Sabatier limit central to unconventional approach for optimising reactions

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The Middle East’s synchrotron is open Sesame


How difficult is it to build a world-class research facility in the Middle East? Kit Chapman investigates

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Uncovering how the spliceosome makes the cut


Clare Sansom looks at the complex world of the spliceosome, a molecular machine in all our cells

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Sustainable lab buildings


After a decade of grassroots growth, the laboratory sustainability movement is bursting into the mainstream finds James Mitchell Crow

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3D printing the future


Kit Chapman takes a tour of a US Department of Energy lab, where 3D printing is performed on a massive scale

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