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Separating turmeric fact from fiction

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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

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UK government chemists spent months analysing thousands of samples and formulating new ways to decontaminate all manner of materials

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RSC report finds publishing pipeline hinders women

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Peer reviewers were more likely to reject papers from female authors, especially if the reviewer was male

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UK considers what life would look like outside Europe’s huge research programme

2019-11-11T14:30:00+00:00

If the UK left Horizon Europe an extra £1.5 billion per year would be needed to make up the shortfall

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75% of European spending on scientific journals goes to ‘big five’ publishers

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But only 56% of research is published by these top publishers

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Little has changed in UK drug policy a decade on from sacking of David Nutt

2019-11-05T09:30:00+00:00

Claims of political interference and exclusion of experts still dog advisory drug council

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How long do scientists spend formatting manuscripts for publication every year?

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Study puts a number on the cost in time and money

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Twitter reveals growing global public anxiety about Crispr gene-editing

2019-10-28T14:10:00+00:00

Sentiment in tweets shows controversial events such as creation of gene-edited babies is worrying people

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Tiny water droplets reveal minimum number of molecules to make ice

2019-11-11T14:30:00+00:00

Ice as we know it ceases to exist in droplets that fall below this threshold

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Gel polymer electrolyte cuts risk of battery fires

2019-11-11T09:38:00+00:00

Devices made with new electrolyte continue to operate under extreme conditions

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Hydrogen bonding directs designer monomers into high quality graphdiyne wires

2019-11-08T14:38:00+00:00

Alkyne and oxazole groups allow each monomer to form four hydrogen bonds with its neighbours

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Protons are even smaller than scientists thought, experiment reveals

2019-11-08T09:30:00+00:00

The proton-radius puzzle isn’t solved just yet though

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Double aromaticity found in boron analogue of metallabenzene

2019-11-07T09:30:00+00:00

Boron–rhenium cluster is both σ- and π-aromatic

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A battery technology worth its salt

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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

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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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