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The Middle East’s synchrotron is open Sesame


How difficult is it to build a world-class research facility in the Middle East? Kit Chapman investigates

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Organisations mobilise to fight Covid-19

By , additional reporting by Maria Burke

‘War effort’ seeks to provide hand sanitiser, protective equipment, ventilators and tests

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Universities prepare for new normal as pandemic forces UK to shut down for three weeks

By Maria Burke

Labs and lectures wound up as students and staff are left anxious about their futures

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Getting ideas across


In a diverse industry like chemicals, we need to make sure we’re open to learning from unexpected angles.

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UK researchers receive £20m to start coronavirus treatment research


Two vaccine trials among six projects that win funding

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Cracking down on corrosion with Hexigone Inhibitors


Intelli-ion technology provides non-toxic, chromium-free protection from corrosion

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US military sites that may be contaminated by PFAS grow by 60%


The Pentagon has released new analysis that says there are 651 military sites with groundwater that may be polluted with fluorinated chemicals

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New Covid-19 test delivers diagnoses up to three time faster


Researchers at the University of Oxford claim their new coronavirus diagnostic technology is fast and highly accurate

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Chemical stimulus used to trigger synthetic cell division


Mother vesicle that divides into two smaller daughter vesicles could be a plausible model of primitive cells

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New type of bond is the first to defy actinide contraction trend


Bonds discovered in metallacycles are unique to the 5f elements

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Whiskey webs could snare counterfeiters


Unique patterns formed by whiskey residues could aid investigations into imitation liquors

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Potent coronavirus drug candidate designed using 3D structure of key viral enzyme


Inhibitor of Sars-CoV-2 protease shows promise in early animal tests

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Universal blood for transfusion could be created by hydrogel ‘camouflage’


Antigen-shield can prevent serious immune response to incompatible blood group

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Uncovering how the spliceosome makes the cut


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

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Sustainable lab buildings


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


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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Adjuvants: vaccines’ hidden helpers


Anthony King examines a crucial part of vaccines that can significantly boost their performance, but which often go unrecognised

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