Sequencing

Cancer progression and harmful bacteria tracked with next-generation sequencing

2022-05-18T08:30:00+01:00

Proof-of-principle study keeps an eye on leukaemia mutations and bacterial strains in patients

Melamin fire

Six dead in explosion at Slovenian chemicals plant

2022-05-17T14:34:00+01:00

Five others injured at Melamin plant in Kocevje

Gloved hand touching a star

Chemistry performs well in latest assessment of UK research

2022-05-17T14:31:00+01:00

High scores in the Research Excellence Framework will deliver extra funding for departments

Connections in cyberspace

Yield-predicting AI needs chemists to stop ignoring failed experiments

2022-05-12T14:04:00+01:00

For machine-learning algorithms to make accurate yield predictions, chemists need to start reporting more low-yielding reactions and spell out implied experimental details

Coke cans

Former Coca-Cola chemist imprisoned for trade secret theft

2022-05-12T11:45:00+01:00

14-year sentence for Xiaorong You, who stole secrets related to BPA-free can linings from major chemical and coating firms

Hydrogen

UK could hit 2030 ‘green’ hydrogen targets if barriers can be removed

2022-05-12T08:30:00+01:00

Changes to regulations and smarter thinking on locating electrolysers could boost production

An explosion

Fatal explosion at chemical plant in Austria

2022-05-11T12:29:00+01:00

One contractor dead and another seriously injured after blast at Krems Chemie

Old laboratory equipment

Chemistry papers find themselves on the scrapheap quicker than physics ones

2022-05-10T08:30:00+01:00

50-year-old physics papers are cited seven times more often than those in chemistry

Battery

Machine learning finds fluoride battery materials that could rival lithium

2022-05-16T13:30:00+01:00

AI could help make new battery type that could store more energy than lithium-ion batteries viable 

Shell and reflection

Life’s handedness could have arisen spontaneously on Earth

2022-05-13T09:34:00+01:00

New insight into the origins of homochirality point to adaptation to energy sources as driver

Atmosphere

Atmospheric helium increasing at a measurable rate

2022-05-12T13:44:00+01:00

Air samples revealed a rate of increase beyond expected natural variations

In depth

  • China grapples with lab safety following huge growth in student numbers

  • Drug discovery AI that developed new nerve agents raises difficult questions

  • Researchers around the world band together to help fleeing Ukrainian scientists

  • Fears for Ukraine’s nuclear facilities follow Russian troops taking charge of Chernobyl site

  • Fire during riots exposes environmental impact of improperly stored agrochemicals

  • Turning off the plastic tap

  • Floating an idea