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Trilateral agreement reached on funding neutron research centre for another decade


The UK, France and Germany will provide support for the Institut Laue-Langevin, the world’s most intense neutron source

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India pushes renewables and green hydrogen


Prime minister Modi wants country to be energy independent by 2047 and become a global hydrogen hub

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Chemours under fire for trying to exempt fluorochemicals from EU regulation


European Court of Justice will rule on whether GenX chemicals should be listed as substances of very high concern

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Fully synthetic proteins make tailored medicines


Bright Peak Therapeutics makes modified protein drugs from scratch

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UKRI response to Black female academics on funding decisions called inadequate


Pledge to improve understanding and monitoring of inequality comes a year after open letter was first published

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Explainer: The science of alkyl nitrites aka poppers


From their origins as 19th century angina treatment to becoming an important part of gay subculture, these recreational drugs exist in a legal limbo

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UK approves Europe’s first field trials of Crispr-edited wheat


Field trials will examine how low-asparagine plants fare in the field

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Wastewater chemicals shortage may see partially treated effluent flushed into English rivers


Lack of HGV drivers hits supplies of ferric sulfate 

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Liquid crystals under pressure create squid-like camouflage


Pneumatic membranes trigger full-spectrum colour shifting on demand

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Method to make unusual oligonucleotides could be a boon for gene therapy drugs


Synthesis can insert unusual linkages into DNA molecules while rivalling industry standard chemistry in speed and efficiency

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‘Self-inflating’ synthetic cells can capture, store and release cargo


Entirely artificial system can use chemical energy to ‘swallow’ payloads like bacteria

In depth

  • The future of ‘next generation’ DNA sequencing

  • Science and research ‘are dead’ in Afghanistan

  • The multi-pronged search for Covid-19 treatments

  • Research and regulations face-up to a new era of non-animal testing alternatives

  • Inside the clean-up of last year’s deadly Beirut blast

  • Rights and wrongs

  • Perishing research

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US export controls leave Chinese researchers struggling to buy scientific instruments


Research tools such as mass spectrometers make up as much as 40% of restricted items, analysis by Chinese researchers finds

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Science and research ‘are dead’ in Afghanistan


Afghan researchers and scholars flee or go into hiding as the Taliban’s return to power sees the science academy and universities closed