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Rotund rodents revolutionised our understanding of the biological role of fat. Now, as Katrina Krämer discovers, the hormones created by fats could redefine obesity

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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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Textbook structure rules formulated by Linus Pauling 90 years ago prove unreliable


Just 13% of 5000 oxides found to fulfil all five coordination geometry predictions

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Regulator repeats warnings on forensics shortcomings in England and Wales


Digital forensics and toxicology skills are in particularly short supply

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Brazil’s research community scores win on conferences over Bolsonaro government


After a new Brazilian government order forced universities to send only one faculty member to international conferences, an uproar ensued


Modern dance about zebrafish brains wins 12th Dance your PhD prize


Annual award challenges scientists to communicate their doctoral research using interpretive dance

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Questionable research practices are hurting junior researchers


Survey finds that the careers of nearly a third of PhD students and postdocs are marred by bad experiences 

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14 days of strikes underway at UK universities as disputes continue


Staff at 74 higher education institutions take action over pensions, pay and working conditions

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Metal complexes outperform organics in antimicrobial analysis on crowdsourced compounds


Could this study prompt drug developers to rethink their reluctance to making metal-based pharmaceuticals?

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Uranium and thorium make their debut in dual aromatic–antiaromatic molecule


First two metallabiphenylene compounds synthesised

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Handheld device weeds out cannabis from hemp


Raman device that measures levels of tetrahydrocannabinol could be a useful tool for police and customs agents

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First colour-changing crystal glow could make for safer banknotes


New type of blue-to-orange luminescence discovered in organic material

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Sodium ethoxide crystal structure solved after 180 years


Analysis of reagent commonly used in Claisen condensations and malonic ester synthesis

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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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Catching the polluters


Measurement techniques can pinpoint emitters like unroadworthy trucks and broken gas pipes, finds Andy Extance, but are not yet widespread

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The search for cancer vaccines


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


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

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