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Nasa makes plans to return to Venus to probe the hellish chemistry of its atmosphere


Probe set to launch in 2029 may be able to establish whether life ever existed there and answer the phosphine question 

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World comes together to back Unesco’s vision of open science


Free access to Covid-19 data has shown that the dream of open science can be achieved, director-general says

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First inspection of σ-hole reveals its peculiar shape


Atomic force microscopy snaps first experimental images of halogen bond’s charge distribution

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Prehistoric Iberians poisoned by cinnabar almost 5000 years ago


Analyses of mercury levels in bones reveal ancient artists suffered for their craft

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Van ’t Hoff’s Amsterdam lab becomes historic chemical landmark


Now a café and exhibition space, the building once contained the first chemistry Nobel prize winner’s research space

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Pfizer sues former employee for alleged trade secret theft


Chun Xiao Li downloaded thousands of confidential documents before resigning

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Public inquiry into Novichok poisoning death of Dawn Sturgess announced


UK investigation will examine any Russian involvement in the case of a woman who died after coming into contact with a nerve agent in 2018

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Additional €100 million agreed for Horizon Europe in 2022


More money for research agreed in EU budget negotiations

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Triple Leidenfrost effect found in bouncing droplet pairs


Droplets of different liquids placed on a hot surface perform a bouncy dance before merging – sometimes with explosive results

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Electrostatic origins of specific ion effects revealed


Ion–solvent Coulomb interactions explain ordering of Hofmeister series, new study claims

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Doubly negative dianions can form π hole bonds too


Researchers report an attractive interaction between two doubly negative dianions for the first time

In depth

  • US programme targeting researchers with China links crumbling under intense scrutiny

  • Merkel era ends leaving German science with a bright future

  • The future of ‘next generation’ DNA sequencing

  • Science and research ‘are dead’ in Afghanistan

  • The multi-pronged search for Covid-19 treatments

  • Good Cop, bad Cop

  • The 2021 Nobel prize in chemistry as it happens – live

  • Rights and wrongs