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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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Detailed 3D coronavirus spike map offers hope for vaccine development


Structure determined at ‘remarkable’ speed in little over a month


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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Government reshuffle splits UK science minister brief


Amanda Solloway is promoted from the backbenches to become the UK’s new science minister

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Open data and genomics are at the forefront in battle to control coronavirus


Efforts to tackle the virus have seen unprecedented cross-border collaboration

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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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Light-responsive liquid crystal gel crawls, walks, jumps and swims


Material inspired by sea slugs could find use in soft robots

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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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