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Brexit uncertainty leaves science under threat as general election looms

By Simon Perks

The winding path to the UK leaving the EU has already taken a toll on the nation’s science

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Borrowing scientific theories


Can re-purposed science help us understand more than the physical world? Rachel Brazil talks to the scientists trying to play swap

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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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From philanthropy to sustainability


Corporate Social Responsibility in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries is changing

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Two Arkansas chemistry professors charged with manufacturing methamphetamine


Henderson State University researchers arrested after lab discovery now face 40 years to life in prison

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Carbon Cycle’s gypsum purification process cleans up radioactive fertiliser waste


The patented process could prevent environmental damage and provide a new source of gypsum and rare-earth metals

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European commission gives green light to first Ebola vaccine


Drug shown to be effective and safe following clinical trials involving 16,000 people

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Worldwide survey of PhD students reveals bullying, discrimination and anxiety


A fifth of PhDs report bullying and a third have sought help for anxiety or depression

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Odd 'entropic bonds' akin to chemical ones can form between nanoparticles


Simulations finds that ’bonding’ can occur in the absence of any electronic interaction

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Positron dihalides join exotic group of molecules that combine matter and antimatter


Theoretical evidence that positronic covalent bonds between halide anions would be energetically stable

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Flexible glass paves the way for virtually unbreakable smartphone screens


Aluminium oxide films could find use in flexible electronics and durable batteries if manufacturing problems can be overcome

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Simulated chiral light identifies and controls mirror-image molecules


Theoretical ‘photonic reagent’ could highlight enantiomers for simple separation

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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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