Pre-organising antibiotic structure could aid fight against resistance


Strategy that produced new antibiotic could allow researchers to repurpose existing antibiotics

Cell reprogramming

Small molecules that switch up cell development could transform medicine


Turning mature somatic cells back into flexible stem cells using small molecules could revolutionise medicine, especially for regeneration and cancer. Philip Ball reports


Plutonium to carbon double bond a first


Findings offer insight into differences in chemical reactivity between actinides and lathanides

Red tape

Response to review of red tape in UK research arrives after 18 months


Government outlines further measures including making the next Research Excellence Framework ‘measurably less bureaucratic’


China conducts nationwide audit of research misconduct after thousands of papers retracted


Universities must submit a comprehensive list of all retracted academic papers in the past three years along with reasons for the retractions

White powder

Three new recreational drugs discovered in checks by Australian chemists


Analytical service uncovers novel psychoactive substances with no known safety data

Soybean leaves

US federal court revokes approval of dicamba herbicides


Judge overturns 2020 reapproval of three products over procedural failure

Plastic bottles

European Commission to consult on bisphenol A ban in food packaging


The action comes after the EU’s food safety body identified BPA as a human health concern last year


Kinky findings drive crystal growth paradigm shift claim


How molecules attach chemically at surfaces can be more important than how strongly solvents bind them in determining growth rate

Valentina Rossi

Striking reptilian fossil discovered in 1931 found to be fake


280-million-year-old lizard ‘fossil’ was mostly painted on


Blueberries’ blue is just skin deep, depending on structure not pigments


Non-spherical nanostructures explain the fruit’s colour

Plastic forks

Unique polymer can switch from rigid cutlery to an adhesive to malleable plastic


Process that mimics tempering of metals can even be reversed in multi-use plastic


Collective bonding continues to divide opinion


New research supports counterintuitive explanation, but debate is far from settled

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Z- and B-DNA

More than a mirror-image: left-handed nucleic acids


Now a biological reality, researchers are starting to figure out the many roles of left-handed nucleic acids such as Z-DNA – from immunity to controlling our genetics. Rachel Brazil reports 

Polymer scrabble

Editing polymer backbones


Changing the chemical makeup of a polymer backbone could revolutionise how we make, use and even recycle plastics. James Mitchell Crow reports

TB diagnosis

Testing times for tuberculosis


Nina Notman takes a look at the recent and upcoming diagnostic and screening innovations aiming to drive down the incidence of tuberculosis globally

Egg substitute

An alternative approach to baking


As more people want ingredients ‘free-from’ existing staples, Victoria Atkinson looks at the science behind substitutes for gluten, eggs and gelatine

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