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Science community holds its breath as US election looms


The election is a high stakes affair for university researchers and science advocates, who overwhelmingly back Biden

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Recalibration is the biggest shake-up in the carbon dating world for seven years


Overhaul will improve accuracy and push back how far samples can be dated by 5000 years

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EPA settles Gold King mine disaster five years later


Utah state will receive $220 million as part of settlement over 2015 accident that spilled toxic waste into waterways

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UK chemistry pipeline loses almost all of its Black, Asian and other ethnic minority chemists after undergraduate studies


Black students are only one quarter as likely to study for a PhD than their white counterparts

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Questions surround deadly Beirut blast


Ammonium nitrate explosion that killed at least 135 appears to have been caused by poorly-stored cargo from an abandoned vessel

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Blow to open access Plan S as European Research Council withdraws


Disagreements over hybrid publishing caused research funder to part ways with coalition

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Paracetamol, ibuprofen and other painkillers may harm those suffering from chronic pain


Opioids and benzodiazepines should also be avoided in favour of non-drug therapies for treating chronic pain, recommends UK clinical practice body

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Research excellence framework resumes after four month hiatus


New timetable and guidance released following coronavirus shut down

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Levitating ring flame’s burning secrets revealed


Blue whirl could offer a soot-free way to burn oil spills – if it can be scaled up

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Superfluid helium nanoreactor takes single atom catalysis understanding to the next level


Gold alters bond energies to catalyse dissociation reaction

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Mass spectrometry and augmented reality guide tumour removal in real time


Colour pixels help surgeons differentiate between cancerous and healthy tissue

In depth

  • Encouraging signs from initial Covid-19 vaccine trials

  • Chemistry departments across the UK tackle herculean task of reopening

  • Scrambling and gambling to scale up Covid-19 medicines

  • This little Crispr went to market

  • Covid-19 wreaks havoc on US universities leaving their finances in disarray

  • Making the right call on dexamethasone

  • A long road ahead