Ephemeral tattoo

Made-to-fade tattoos

2022-11-28T10:02:00+00:00

Ephemeral’s biodegradable ink disappears in 9–15 months

EU and UK flags

Additional support for UK R&D amid Horizon Europe impasse

2022-11-23T15:45:00+00:00

Government commits almost £500 million to ease pressure on research sector

European Commission

European parliament restores research funding

2022-11-23T09:30:00+00:00

Extra funding found for Horizon Europe and Erasmus student programme

Noodle bowl with Upside chicken

Lab-grown chicken nears the dinner table in the US

2022-11-22T10:30:00+00:00

Upside Foods’ chicken filet product is the first cell-grown meat product to be declared safe for consumption by the FDA

Elephant and mouse

SI units get new prefixes for huge and tiny numbers

2022-11-22T09:57:00+00:00

Ronna, quetta, ronto and quecto are the first new prefixes for the metric system in 30 years

Jeremy Hunt

UK government upholds £20 billion commitment to research and development

2022-11-18T15:15:00+00:00

But a longer-term pledge of £22 billion has quietly disappeared in Jeremy Hunt’s first autumn statement as chancellor

A photo of hundreds of plastic bottles, squeezed together to form space-saving cubes

Call for UK government to ban plastic waste exports

2022-11-17T14:30:00+00:00

Parliamentary committee emphasises reducing and reusing plastics to eliminate waste

Kenya vaccines

World Health Organization takes aim at market as many still not getting vaccines they need

2022-11-16T14:30:00+00:00

Government, industry and health organisations must do more

Magnet motor

Powerful rare-earth free magnet ‘evolved’ and refined by machine learning algorithm

2022-11-25T09:30:00+00:00

Combination of iron, cobalt and boron points to alternatives to metals beset by geopolitical battles

n-butyl lithium

Mystery surrounding metalation reaction’s reagent excess solved

2022-11-24T15:45:00+00:00

Multiple ‘base-eating’ aggregates discovered in classic directed ortho lithiation

Tunnel

Unprecedented simultaneous quantum tunnelling reaction discovered

2022-11-24T09:30:00+00:00

Isomers of the same molecule undergo different tunnelling rearrangement at the same time – a process that ‘is completely breaking the classic transition state rules’

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