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Spiral-staircase structure prevents the scales being penetrated by piranhas

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

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Why have lithium–ion batteries just won the chemistry Nobel prize?

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The 2019 Nobel prize was awarded to pioneers of rechargeable battery tech – here’s what you need to know

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The rise of venture philanthropy

2019-10-16T08:28:00+01:00

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

2019-10-15T09:29:00+01:00

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

2019-10-11T08:30:00+01:00

Study tracked 336 graduate students for four years examining written work

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Chemistry Nobel prize ‘finally’ goes to developers of lithium-ion batteries

2019-10-09T13:43:00+01:00

John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino rewarded for revolutionising the storage of energy and helping to usher in the microelectronics age

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Live blog: lithium-ion batteries take the 2019 chemistry Nobel prize

2019-10-09T07:09:00+01:00

Join us for all the latest news, views and developments on this year’s top chemistry prize

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Sewage sampling reveals how rich and poor live

2019-10-16T09:15:00+01:00

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

2019-10-15T08:30:00+01:00

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

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Carbynes expand the possibilities of carbon–carbon double bonds

2019-10-10T13:30:00+01:00

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

2019-10-10T13:35:00+01:00

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

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Alzheimer’s therapy has click chemistry use, then remove, brain copper build-ups

2019-10-08T13:31:00+01:00

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

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