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2020-02-28T11:10:00+00:00By

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

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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

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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

2020-02-28T09:31:00+00:00

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

2020-02-28T14:30:00+00:00

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

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

2020-02-26T09:30:00+00:00

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

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Questionable research practices are hurting junior researchers

2020-02-26T09:44:00+00:00

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

2020-02-25T11:30:00+00:00

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

2020-02-28T09:56:00+00:00

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

2020-02-27T09:32:00+00:00

First two metallabiphenylene compounds synthesised

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Handheld device weeds out cannabis from hemp

2020-02-26T14:38:00+00:00

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

2020-02-25T14:30:00+00:00

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

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Sodium ethoxide crystal structure solved after 180 years

2020-02-25T09:48:00+00:00

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

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Adjuvants: vaccines’ hidden helpers

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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

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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

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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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