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Amylase

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Brian Clegg on the enzymes make life a little sweeter by breaking down starch into sugars, helping to make bread and beer

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Chernobyl’s intensely radioactive ‘elephant’s foot’ lava recreated in the lab

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Trump proposes slashing basic and applied research by 9.1% in budget

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White House requests big cuts to US science agencies but Congress is unlikely to back them

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Financial woes have India’s scientists worried despite budget funding pledges

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Fears voiced that the promised investment in research will not materialise once more

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Old mattresses and a little chemistry help Syrian refugees grow food in the desert

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University of Sheffield scientists provide the spark to get displaced victims of Syria’s civil war growing their own

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The race to fight coronavirus

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While genome sequences enable testing and vaccine efforts, companies are donating existing antiviral drugs to explore repurposing

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Are the last half century’s worth of results from widely-used spectroscopy tool wrong?

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Spectroscopists claim work on semiconducting and insulating materials is mostly worthless

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Durable catalyst could enable large scale conversion of carbon dioxide to syngas

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Nanocatalysts on crystalline supports show remarkable stability producing hydrogen and carbon monoxide

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Stretchy ionic polymers pave the way for ion-based tech

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Elastomers deliver ionic analogues of diodes, transistors and transducers without using a liquid electrolyte

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Four-leaf clover molecule with metal centre is first in a new family of aromatics

2020-02-13T14:30:00+00:00

First molecule made of four fused aromatic rings around an osmium atom

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Excess electrons can degrade polluting fluorinated compounds, simulations find

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Strong carbon–fluorine bond dissociates on ultrafast timescale

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‘Chemical ear defenders’ could prevent hearing loss

2020-02-12T14:30:00+00:00

Discovery of receptor connected to hearing loss has led to a chemical compound that can protect the neuromechanical machinery in mice’s ears

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The search for cancer vaccines

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Claire Jarvis looks at ongoing work to prevent the disease – and convince a sceptical community of their seriousness

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Recycling clothing the chemical way

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Nina Notman explores how chemistry is poised to close the loop in clothing recycling

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Polly Arnold’s diversity of interests

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Kit Chapman asks the champion of actinide chemistry and diversity in science what comes next as she starts her new role at a US national lab

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Can chemists crack our cells’ sugar code?

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Rachel Brazil talks to the scientists trying to understand the sweet mystery of the glycome

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