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Really random numbers created from crystals

By Tom Metcalfe

Robot that monitors crystallization could lead to new ways to study stochastic processes in chemistry

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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 


Solar-powered water purification


Majico’s photocatalytic water kiosks are increasing access to affordable drinking water in Tanzania

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Industry and academic chemistry titan John Cadogan dies


Past president of the Royal Society of Chemistry passes away aged 89

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Number of industrial chemicals being produced globally grossly underestimated


Analysis of national chemical inventories finds three times as many chemicals registered for production as previously thought

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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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Engineered yeast can remove heavy metals from wastewater


Easy storage and rapid growth could see yeast compete with bacterial and chemical remediation

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New class of recyclable permanently porous liquid doesn’t need a solvent


Coordination cages that are liquids at room temperature may find uses in catalysis, sensing or chemical separations

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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

An image showing designed tricyclic source enables the access to tetracyclic aromatics with bridgehead metals by metalla-click reaction

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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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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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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