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Mystery of whether or not kekulene is superaromatic unravelled after 41 years


Second-ever synthesis and first atomic resolution images of superbenzene reveal its electronic nature

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The lithium pioneers


Katrina Krämer traces the full story of how lithium-ion batteries won the 2019 Nobel prize

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Secret of super-tough scales of giant Amazonian fish uncovered

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Spiral-staircase structure prevents the scales being penetrated by piranhas

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Science and engineering organisations under fire for arms and fossil fuel industry ties


Report charges that it is unethical to have educational programmes sponsored by these industries

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Former Ranbaxy owners arrested for fraud


Singh brothers accused of misappropriation, as well as not paying previous fines relating to Ranbaxy’s takeover by Daiichi Sankyo

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Study claiming gene-edited babies were more likely to die young was wrong


Database bias introduced major error in a now retracted study on Crispr babies’ mortality

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Structures in more than 150 papers may be wrong thanks to NMR coding glitch


Chemical shift-calculating bug casts doubt on studies ranging from natural product discovery to biosynthesis

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Queen’s speech reveals new research agency planned for UK


Government plans transformative research body based on US’s Arpa to deliver new technologies

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Copernicium behaves like a volatile noble liquid, simulations suggest


Relativity plays a part in making element 112 very different to its counterparts in group 12

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Ammonium bicarbonate trick enables sophisticated lipid analysis


Tandem mass spectrometry method can distinguish lipid isomers

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Dye-coated particles could finally bring colour to e-readers


Dispersion polymerisation method creates particles that can switch between coloured and white states

An image showing a single-crystal X-ray derived model of [MH6] complex

Transition metal complex with geometry predicted over 100 years ago raises eyebrows


A hexagonal planar complex containing rare palladium–magnesium bonds has been reported for the first time

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Three centres, two electrons, but how many bonds?


Tweaking Lewis structures allows for a simplified and clearer representation of electron-deficient molecules

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Lithium: Good enough for batteries

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


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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


Atom-by-atom experiments at the edge of the periodic table


Only a few atoms of oganesson have ever been made –  and they all vanished in less time than it took you to read this

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