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Work on how much saliva a five-year-old makes wins chemistry Ig Nobel

13 September 2019

This year’s Ig Nobels reward research on spit, scrotums and cockroaches, among other things

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Deaths from vaping-linked lung disease in US connected to vitamin E additive

13 September 2019

Tocopheryl acetate implicated in 380 cases of severe lung disease and six deaths

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Fourth UK science minister appointed in just two years as Chris Skidmore returns

12 September 2019

Post has been hit by resignations over handling of Brexit

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Aquaffirm’s enzymatic arsenic sensors

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Cheap, disposable electrochemistry test strips help communities steer clear of contaminated wells

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Denmark becomes first nation to outlaw fluorinated chemicals in food packaging

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Danish government acts on controversial chemicals saying it can no longer wait for the EU

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Divided loyalties see Jo Johnson step down as science minister

6 September 2019

Scientific and academic community disheartened by resignation of prime minister’s brother once more over handling of Brexit

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Chemical safety database gets American Chemical Society and Iupac backing

5 September 2019

Library of hazardous reactions and lab near misses has found partners to develop it and help keep it afloat

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Human biases cause problems for machines trying to learn chemistry

13 September 2019

Including ‘unpopular’ reagents and reaction conditions into datasets could lead to better machine-learning models

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AFM images show bond formation in greatest detail yet

12 September 2019

Strange ring-shaped sub-atomic images result from Lennard-Jones physisorption–chemisorption energy curve

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Glucose derivative replaces BPA in sustainable polycarbonate plastic

12 September 2019

Transparent engineered plastic ditches hormone disruptor and lung irritant

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Can organic solar cells stand the test of time?

11 September 2019

Devices road-tested in blistering conditions equivalent to that of 37 suns

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New way to create huge protein polymer chains

11 September 2019

Strategy constructs synthetic protein polymers that weigh 0.5MDa

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Water surprise: microdroplets have potential to produce H2O2

11 September 2019

US researchers discover that microscopic droplets of water spontaneously generate hydrogen peroxide

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Solution to 120 year-old puzzle reveals new chemical phenomenon

11 September 2019

Seemingly identical acetaldehyde phenylhydrazone crystals melt at different temperatures

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Many clinics around the world offer unproven treatments, while genuine therapies are slowly making their way through trials. Anthony King reports

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