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Firing up an air pollution problem


Wild fires adversely affect air quality nearby and far beyond. Nina Notman investigates this escalating problem

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University of California cut off from Elsevier journals after contract cancellation

18 July 2019

System of 10 universities has been preparing for loss of journals for months with legal avenues arranged to access new papers

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New law spurs discussions on future direction of French research funding

17 July 2019

Unknowns surrounding research law being drafted by government has made unions and science organisations anxious

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Curbing industry’s carbon emissions

16 July 2019

Replacing fossil-fuelled furnaces with renewable electrical heating and cutting carbon from some heavy industries could make a serious dent in climate targets

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Science scorecards reveal state of research in G20 nations

16 July 2019

Performance measured using data on funding, gender balance and open access

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Serbia passes controversial science reforms to modernise research

12 July 2019

Doubts remain over the government’s decision to overhaul the current grants system

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Austria becomes first EU country to fully outlaw glyphosate

12 July 2019

A ban of the controversial herbicide from 2020 has been approved by the Austrian government

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Open data linked to higher citations for journal articles

11 July 2019

Studies that provide access to underlying data are cited 25% more often than those that don’t

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Geometrically precise metamaterials deform on-demand

22 July 2019

Purposeful imperfections programme predictable buckling into soft robotic materials

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Liquid magnet takes shape as ferrofluids hold their attraction

19 July 2019

Fluids could find uses in drug delivery or robotics

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Algorithm finds the 569 molecules that might drive a waste-free economy

18 July 2019

Strategic compounds within a huge chemical network pinpointed by machine learning

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Catalyst metal recovery adds greener notes to whisky production

17 July 2019

Bacteria harnessed to make magnetite nanoparticles that can trap copper for click reactions

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Molecular amplifier makes purest chiral Möbius aromatic

16 July 2019

Stack of chiral components creates most enantiopure twisted aromatic ring ever made

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Silica aerogel could heat the surface of Mars enough to sustain life

15 July 2019

Insulating material could replicate the effects of Earth’s atmosphere on the red planet, warming it by 50°C

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Bacterial lasso gets to the heart of stem cell retention problem

15 July 2019

A sticky bacterial protein on the surface of stem cells increases homing and retention on damaged heart tissue

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