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

Plastic products

Scientists call for global cap on plastic production

2022-04-29T12:02:00+01:00

The upcoming UN treaty to end plastic pollution will require capping and then phasing out virgin plastic production by 2040, researchers argue

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