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Taking a leaf out of plants’ books


Learning to mimic natural photosynthesis on an industrial scale might open the door to a fossil fuel-free future. Nina Notman investigates

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Image manipulation allegations hit Indian toxicology institute

18 June 2019

Investigation launched after images in as many as 130 papers questioned

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Switching UK’s gas network to hydrogen perfectly possible, report finds

14 June 2019

Repurposing the natural gas network would cut out country’s biggest source of carbon emissions

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US air bases blamed for fluorinated pollutants on Japanese island

12 June 2019

Diplomatic tensions between the two nations have been stoked by accusations that the US military has polluted Okinawa with PFAS chemicals

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Industry adopts quantum computing, qubit by qubit

12 June 2019

Companies looking to solve complex chemistry problems are among early adopters of quantum technology

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China makes slow progress on safety

11 June 2019

Government policy drive continues, as self-regulation also grows

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Polymer microballs and fatberg crystals top science photo competition

11 June 2019

From virtual reality to citizen science, photo competition shows breadth of UK research

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Education specialists in science faculties keep on growing

11 June 2019

Specialised teaching roles have expanded 51% in California State University system in 10 years

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First isolable thorium nitride complex made

18 June 2019

Researchers use new complex to probe covalency of actinide–ligand double bonds

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Chiral borane complexes catalyse new synthesis opportunities

17 June 2019

N-heterocyclic carbene-borane complexes with a rare stereogenic boron centre demonstrate potential in stereoselective catalysis

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Saliva test uses surface imprinting to recognise Zika

14 June 2019

Sensor matches surface roughness of its electrode with Zika’s dimensions and generates results within 20 minutes

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‘Little big coil’ breaks record for world’s strongest magnet

13 June 2019

High temperature superconductor used to create 45.5 Tesla field magnet 9000 times more powerful than a fridge magnet

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Magnets that double efficiency of water splitting could help usher in a hydrogen economy

13 June 2019

New catalysts based on earth-abundant metals are ‘game-changer’ for hydrogen production

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Study ranks interactions between hydrogen-bond acceptors and cations

13 June 2019

Experiments establish a set of parameters that will help scientists predict the free energies of the interaction between cations and hydrogen-bond acceptors in any solvent with good reliability

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Spore shell acts as sunscreen for light-sensitive antibiotics

12 June 2019

Polymer capsule that protects and preserves antimicrobial compound could aid fight against multi-drug resistant pathogens

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