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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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Chernobyl’s intensely radioactive ‘elephant’s foot’ lava recreated in the lab


Mimic of the lava produced by a reactor meltdown is far safer to work with 

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Theodora Greene’s protecting groups


Katrina Krämer uncovers the woman behind the book on every organic chemist’s shelf

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Trump proposes slashing basic and applied research by 9.1% in budget


White House requests big cuts to US science agencies but Congress is unlikely to back them

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Financial woes have India’s scientists worried despite budget funding pledges


Fears voiced that the promised investment in research will not materialise once more

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Old mattresses and a little chemistry help Syrian refugees grow food in the desert


University of Sheffield scientists provide the spark to get displaced victims of Syria’s civil war growing their own

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The race to fight coronavirus


While genome sequences enable testing and vaccine efforts, companies are donating existing antiviral drugs to explore repurposing

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Are the last half century’s worth of results from widely-used spectroscopy tool wrong?


Spectroscopists claim work on semiconducting and insulating materials is mostly worthless

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Durable catalyst could enable large scale conversion of carbon dioxide to syngas


Nanocatalysts on crystalline supports show remarkable stability producing hydrogen and carbon monoxide

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Stretchy ionic polymers pave the way for ion-based tech


Elastomers deliver ionic analogues of diodes, transistors and transducers without using a liquid electrolyte

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Four-leaf clover molecule with metal centre is first in a new family of aromatics


First molecule made of four fused aromatic rings around an osmium atom

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Excess electrons can degrade polluting fluorinated compounds, simulations find


Strong carbon–fluorine bond dissociates on ultrafast timescale

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‘Chemical ear defenders’ could prevent hearing loss


Discovery of receptor connected to hearing loss has led to a chemical compound that can protect the neuromechanical machinery in mice’s ears

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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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Polly Arnold’s diversity of interests


Kit Chapman asks the champion of actinide chemistry and diversity in science what comes next as she starts her new role at a US national lab

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Can chemists crack our cells’ sugar code?


Rachel Brazil talks to the scientists trying to understand the sweet mystery of the glycome

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