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Vaccine development against the clock

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

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The weirdness of water

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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

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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’

2020-04-03T13:01:00+01:00

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

2020-04-03T13:44:00+01:00

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?

2020-03-31T09:30:00+01:00

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

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Another US researcher charged with lying about Chinese ties

2020-03-31T09:25:00+01:00

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

2020-03-26T09:28:00+00:00

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

2020-04-06T08:50:00+01:00

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

2020-04-03T09:46:00+01:00

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

2020-04-03T08:32:00+01:00

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

2020-04-03T08:30:00+01:00

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

2020-04-02T08:50:00+01:00

Breaking the Sabatier limit central to unconventional approach for optimising reactions

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The Middle East’s synchrotron is open Sesame

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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

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

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Sustainable lab buildings

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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

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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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