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Also known as ‘milk of amnesia’, propofol helps to prevent perception of pain in surgery – just don’t forget its dangerous side

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Can sustainable aviation fuels give us guilt-free flying?


Angeli Mehta finds out if we can make jet fuel sustainably – and cheaply

Emmanuella Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna

How Crispr went from niche to Nobel


Katrina Kramer tells the story of how Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna developed the gene editing tool that won them the 2020 Nobel prize in chemistry

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Room temperature superconductivity finally claimed by mystery material


At high pressures carbon–hydrogen–sulfur compound becomes superconducting at 15˚C

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Springer Nature and Max Planck reach landmark open access deal in Germany


The agreement will allow authors at eligible German institutes to publish papers for fee of about £8500 each

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Peptides self-assemble to support growth of artificial tumours


Cancer cells grown around bioengineered microfibres make an ideal model to test new chemotherapy drugs

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100 UK scientists receive more than £100 million for blue skies research


Fourth funding round of government’s future leaders programme aims to turn scientific ideas into products and services

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First Covid-19 challenge study working with live virus planned for the UK


Pending ethics panel approval, healthy volunteers would be infected with Sars-CoV-2 to help understand disease and test vaccines

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Stretching liquid crystals to the limit with LC AuxeTec


The unintuitive properties of LC AuxeTec’s materials mean they thicken when stretched, and could be exploited in body armour and skyscraper windows

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Plastic waste upcycled to high-value chemicals in one-pot process


Polyethylene chains are broken down and aromatised to produce valuable alkylaromatic products

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Fast-acting insecticide polymorph could boost malaria-control efforts


Recrystallised deltamethrin accelerates uptake in mosquitoes

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Salt bridge strategy expands access to pharmaceutical cocrystals


New approach to cocrystallisation could lead to exciting multi-drug combinations

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Ultrafast experiments capture speed-of-light excitation delay as photon travels across H2


Photon excites one end of the molecule first, and then the other end 247 zeptoseconds later

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Hammett equation parameters optimised for improved predictive power


Update overcomes limitations and eliminates human biases intrinsic to the original formulation

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  • Jimmy Robinson and the atom bomb elements

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Quantum control


The revolutionary idea of using light as a reagent in reactions has arrived

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Unnatural selection in chemical systems


Great strides have been made in the lab with chemical systems that ape life’s behaviour

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Homogeneous C–H activation


In the final instalment of our grails series we look at how picking and choosing which bond to target holds the promise of transforming organic molecules at will

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Artificial photosynthesis: solar water splitting


The chemistry to mimic ones of nature’s greatest feats still has some hurdles to overcome

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