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Chemists stage walk-out over lack of support in North Macedonia


Calls for more funding to equip labs and hire research students and staff at top chemistry institute

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Dearth of vital microplastics research on North American fisheries


Most microplastic studies on commercially-important fishery species come from Europe, Asia and South America

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14-year-old chemist is newest member of University of Michigan lab


Daniel Liu is youngest ever member of Melanie Sanford’s group

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Gender diversity quotas to be introduced for Royal Society of Chemistry events


A third of speakers and chairs at conferences funded by the society will have to be women in 2020


Reclaiming fuel from air


The companies trying to capture atmospheric carbon and transform it to hydrocarbons using green energy

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Swipe right to help in the fight against Huntington’s disease


Citizen science project improves understanding of protein misfolding disorders like Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s diseases

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UK considers what life would look like outside Europe’s huge research programme


If the UK left Horizon Europe an extra £1.5 billion per year would be needed to make up the shortfall

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75% of European spending on scientific journals goes to ‘big five’ publishers


But only 56% of research is published by these top publishers

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Flexible glass paves the way for virtually unbreakable smartphone screens


Aluminium oxide films could find use in flexible electronics and durable batteries if manufacturing problems can be overcome

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Simulated chiral light identifies and controls mirror-image molecules


Theoretical ‘photonic reagent’ could highlight enantiomers for simple separation

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Supramolecular mask simplifies fullerene modification


Porphyrin structure makes it easier to perform selective reactions on fullerene substrates

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  • Industry delves into the digital toolbox

  • Enhancing solvents' sustainability

  • How can we tackle fake science news?

  • Queen’s speech reveals new research agency planned for UK

  • Live blog: lithium-ion batteries take the 2019 chemistry Nobel prize

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How long do scientists spend formatting manuscripts for publication every year?


Study puts a number on the cost in time and money

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Twitter reveals growing global public anxiety about Crispr gene-editing


Sentiment in tweets shows controversial events such as creation of gene-edited babies is worrying people