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Separating turmeric fact from fiction


Thousands of papers have been published on curcumin’s healing potential, but its usefulness is not yet proven, finds Andy Extance

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Gargantuan clean-up effort after Novichok nerve agent poisoning laid bare


UK government chemists spent months analysing thousands of samples and formulating new ways to decontaminate all manner of materials

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RSC report finds publishing pipeline hinders women


Peer reviewers were more likely to reject papers from female authors, especially if the reviewer was male

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Gender diversity quotas to be introduced for Royal Society of Chemistry events


A third of speakers and chairs at conferences funded by the society will have to be women in 2020

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14-year-old chemist is newest member of University of Michigan lab


Daniel Liu is youngest ever member of Melanie Sanford’s group


Reclaiming fuel from air


The companies trying to capture atmospheric carbon and transform it to hydrocarbons using green energy

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Swipe right to help in the fight against Huntington’s disease


Citizen science project improves understanding of protein misfolding disorders like Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s diseases

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UK considers what life would look like outside Europe’s huge research programme


If the UK left Horizon Europe an extra £1.5 billion per year would be needed to make up the shortfall

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Supramolecular mask simplifies fullerene modification


Porphyrin structure makes it easier to perform selective reactions on fullerene substrates

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Flow synthesis produces chiral intermediate for antidepressant drug


The first solvent-free organocatalytic flow process yields the key chiral intermediate for paroxetine on a multigram-scale

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High-resolution 3D printing shows promise for lab glassware


New technique that uses phase-separating resins could help in the 3D printing of reactionware

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Gel polymer electrolyte cuts risk of battery fires


Devices made with new electrolyte continue to operate under extreme conditions

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Tiny water droplets reveal minimum number of molecules to make ice


Ice as we know it ceases to exist in droplets that fall below this threshold

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A battery technology worth its salt


With lithium-containing batteries facing constraints on many of the metals they contain, Nina Notman looks at whether its group 1 neighbour sodium can supply the answer

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Single-atom catalysis


Single atom and hierarchical nanopore catalysts are reducing the need for precious metals, and could clean up the energy and chemical industries, finds Andy Extance

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