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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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RSC report finds publishing pipeline hinders women


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

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Swipe right to help in the fight against Huntington’s disease


Citizen science project improves understanding of protein misfolding disorders like Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s diseases

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


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


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


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?


Study puts a number on the cost in time and money

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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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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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Gel polymer electrolyte cuts risk of battery fires


Devices made with new electrolyte continue to operate under extreme conditions

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Tiny water droplets reveal minimum number of molecules to make ice


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

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Protons are even smaller than scientists thought, experiment reveals


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

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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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