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The lithium pioneers


Katrina Krämer traces the full story of how lithium-ion batteries won the 2019 Nobel prize

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Secret of super-tough scales of giant Amazonian fish uncovered

By Patrick Hughes

Spiral-staircase structure prevents the scales being penetrated by piranhas

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Science now being undermined by US government on an almost weekly basis


Bipartisan report says that abuse of government science has reached record levels

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Structures in more than 150 papers may be wrong thanks to NMR coding glitch


Chemical shift-calculating bug casts doubt on studies ranging from natural product discovery to biosynthesis

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Queen’s speech reveals new research agency planned for UK


Government plans transformative research body based on US’s Arpa to deliver new technologies

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The rise of venture philanthropy


More and more charities are investing in companies, and looking for returns on that investment, as an alternative to traditional grants

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Nitrosamine contamination withdrawals spread to new drugs


After ranitidine recalls, EU regulators instruct companies to review all their products for potential impurities

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In a surprising twist it’s postdocs, not supervisors, who are responsible for PhDs’ research skills


Study tracked 336 graduate students for four years examining written work

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Three centres, two electrons, but how many bonds?


Tweaking Lewis structures allows for a simplified and clearer representation of electron-deficient molecules

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Sewage sampling reveals how rich and poor live


Richer citizens taste for alcohol and poorer ones higher rates of prescription drug use revealed

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Unified synthesis shows how genetic alphabet could have been put together on early Earth


Cycles of wet and then dry conditions provide the right conditions to make all the nucleobases from basic chemicals


Carbynes expand the possibilities of carbon–carbon double bonds


Chemists use novel monovalent carbon species to insert functionalities in the middle of double bonds

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Cryogenic properties could promote silkworm fibres into space exploration


Combination of intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms allows silks to retain both toughness and ductility at extremely low temperatures

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Lithium: Good enough for batteries

2019-10-09T10:58:00+01:00By , Nick Abadzis

The powerful revolution in your pocket – starring Yoshio Nishi, John Goodenough, Akira Yoshino…and Thomas Edison



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Only a few atoms of oganesson have ever been made –  and they all vanished in less time than it took you to read this

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Sewage sells: the hidden value of wastewater


An eye-opening visit to a waste water treatment works uncovers the surprising value in sewage. Hayley Bennett reports

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