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The Middle East’s synchrotron is open Sesame


How difficult is it to build a world-class research facility in the Middle East? Kit Chapman investigates

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Organisations mobilise to fight Covid-19

By , additional reporting by Maria Burke

‘War effort’ seeks to provide hand sanitiser, protective equipment, ventilators and tests

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Universities prepare for new normal as pandemic forces UK to shut down for three weeks

By Maria Burke

Labs and lectures wound up as students and staff are left anxious about their futures

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Can existing drugs slow Covid-19?


The fastest route to treatments may be to repurpose existing drugs – if they work


Another US researcher charged with lying about Chinese ties


Physicist faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding West Virginia University while secretly working for Chinese talent programme

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Getting ideas across


In a diverse industry like chemicals, we need to make sure we’re open to learning from unexpected angles.

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UK researchers receive £20m to start coronavirus treatment research


Two vaccine trials among six projects that win funding

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Cracking down on corrosion with Hexigone Inhibitors


Intelli-ion technology provides non-toxic, chromium-free protection from corrosion

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Mystery of where early Earth’s life-fuelling phosphates came from may have been solved


Meteorites have been source of building blocks for primordial life

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DNA instructions pack proteins into unique crystal structures


Process could aid discovery of materials that exploit specific protein functions, such as drug molecules or biocatalysts

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First ever observation of a neon-containing anion


Showing that a superelectrophilic anion can bind the noble gas crosses hurdle on path to making a stable neon compound

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Chemical stimulus used to trigger synthetic cell division


Mother vesicle that divides into two smaller daughter vesicles could be a plausible model of primitive cells

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New type of bond is the first to defy actinide contraction trend


Bonds discovered in metallacycles are unique to the 5f elements

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Uncovering how the spliceosome makes the cut


Clare Sansom looks at the complex world of the spliceosome, a molecular machine in all our cells

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Sustainable lab buildings


After a decade of grassroots growth, the laboratory sustainability movement is bursting into the mainstream finds James Mitchell Crow

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3D printing the future


Kit Chapman takes a tour of a US Department of Energy lab, where 3D printing is performed on a massive scale

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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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