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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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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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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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Europe 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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Dearth of vital microplastics research on North American fisheries


Most microplastic studies on commercially-important fishery species come from Europe, Asia and South America

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Chemists stage walk-out over lack of support in North Macedonia


Calls for more funding to equip labs and hire research students and staff at top chemistry institute

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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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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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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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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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