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Sodium fluoroacetate

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The controversial killer compound – also known as 1080 – being used to protect New Zealand’s native wildlife

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Chemical companies are making their plants and processes increasingly digital, data-driven and interconnected

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US children’s hospital takes delivery of one of world's most powerful NMR spectrometers

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Instrument offers unprecedented opportunities to study disease development

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Work on how much saliva a five-year-old makes wins chemistry Ig Nobel

13 September 2019

This year’s Ig Nobels reward research on spit, scrotums and cockroaches, among other things

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Deaths from vaping-linked lung disease in US connected to vitamin E additive

13 September 2019

Tocopheryl acetate implicated in 380 cases of severe lung disease and six deaths

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Fourth UK science minister appointed in just two years as Chris Skidmore returns

12 September 2019

Post has been hit by resignations over handling of Brexit

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Science really does advance one funeral at a time, study suggests

12 September 2019

The death of a scientific superstar can open up a field

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Aquaffirm’s enzymatic arsenic sensors

10 September 2019

Cheap, disposable electrochemistry test strips help communities steer clear of contaminated wells

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Denmark becomes first nation to outlaw fluorinated chemicals in food packaging

10 September 2019

Danish government acts on controversial chemicals saying it can no longer wait for the EU

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'Blackest black’ ever made is 10 times darker than previous record holder

20 September 2019

Serendipitous discovery produces darkest material in existence using carbon nanotubes

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Universal method bypasses obstacles to making neglected hydrocarbon skeletons

20 September 2019

Strategy to help dendralenes, an important yet underexplored class of unsaturated hydrocarbons, branch out and reach their full potential

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Large gold nanoclusters are surprisingly stable paramagnets

19 September 2019

An odd electron makes the magnetism

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Aluminium makes water-harvesting MOF 10 times thirstier

17 September 2019

New MOF harvests up to 0.7 litres of water per day in the Mojave Desert – the driest place in North America

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Human biases cause problems for machines trying to learn chemistry

13 September 2019

Including ‘unpopular’ reagents and reaction conditions into datasets could lead to better machine-learning models

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AFM images show bond formation in greatest detail yet

12 September 2019

Strange ring-shaped sub-atomic images result from Lennard-Jones physisorption–chemisorption energy curve

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Glucose derivative replaces BPA in sustainable polycarbonate plastic

12 September 2019

Transparent engineered plastic ditches hormone disruptor and lung irritant

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