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Covid-19 vaccine deals risk skewing supply


International accords including Covax aiming to ensure equitable distribution to poorer countries

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Human chemical communication


Nina Notman sniffs out the evidence for human pheromones and chemical cues

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Hybrid light–matter particles offer tantalising new way to control chemistry


Early experiments are revealing that vacuum-field catalysis could make reactions happen with mirrors and nothingness

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Ig Nobels feature knives created from human poo and vibrating worms


2020 Ig Nobel prizes went to teams that proved knives made of faeces fail, vibrating worms are interesting and hating chewing noises is a disorder

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US revokes over 1000 visas of Chinese students and researchers


Academic and science groups concerned by cancellations

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Protein-based Covid-19 vaccines could overshadow rivals


Although slower to develop, protein-based vaccines are well understood with a strong record of safety and effectiveness

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Drastic cuts to Europe’s research programme prompts outcry from scientists


Open letter from leading scientists warns of declining innovation and a brain drain

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Rush to approve Covid vaccine prompted by politics may end in disaster


Push by governments to pass a vaccine without appropriate evidence could damage fight against virus

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Solar cell concept used to enhance nuclear battery


New device uses a ruthenium dye to absorb beta radiation

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Carbon bond formation reproducibility runs into reagent stability problem


Solid sodium alkoxides react with carbon dioxide and can hamper performance – but sometimes improve it

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Baird’s rule of aromaticity extended to all-metal systems


Aromaticity concept can help scientists understand the properties of metal clusters

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Fruit flies’ protective corneal coatings reproduced


Anti-reflective and anti-adhesive nano-coating that covers the eyes of insects could find uses in medical implants and contact lenses

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Salt crystal grows legs to avoid slippery surface


Sodium chloride’s self-lifting crystallisation has been observed for the first time

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The drive to recycle lithium-ion batteries


Electric vehicles are surging in popularity but Patrick Hughes asks what happens once their batteries are no longer fit for purpose

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Using ions to connect life to machines


Ionotronic materials are beginning to show how life’s signals can be aligned with electronics. James Urquhart speaks to the scientists who are exploring the emerging frontier

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Ammonia synthesis goes electric


James Mitchell Crow finds that the outlook for renewables-powered electrochemical ammonia production is beginning to brighten

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Why is cystic fibrosis so hard to treat?


Claire Jarvis talks to the scientists trying to find new drugs to treat the inherited lung condition

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