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Rebooted chemical safety database now hosted by ACS


Crowd-sourced reaction hazard library overhauled and given new technology platform

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UK government faces legal action over ‘irrational’ handling of university reopenings


University union argues that expert advice was ignored, putting students and staff at risk

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Stepping towards diversity in industry


Companies are re-affirming their commitment to inclusivity, even as the US government obstructs education efforts

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Millions of microplastic particles released by some baby feeding bottles


Hot water is key variable responsible for release of large numbers of plastic particles

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First draft of the human proteome created


High quality data for more than 90% of the proteins in the body will aid medical research

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Improper publishing incentives in science put under microscope around the world


Gaming of systems puts quality research at risk

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Springer Nature and Max Planck reach landmark open access deal in Germany


The agreement will allow authors at eligible German institutes to publish papers for fee of about £8500 each

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100 UK scientists receive more than £100 million for blue skies research


Fourth funding round of government’s future leaders programme aims to turn scientific ideas into products and services

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Planar fivefold bonding with silicon and germanium at the centre


Electronegative elements key to stabilising exotic structures, simulations show

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Silanols explain the lethal toxicity of silica dust


After decades of ambiguity, scientists have finally discovered what makes silica toxic 

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Entirely new way of sensing iron discovered in bacteria


Novel class of riboswitches can directly and selectively sense iron

In depth

  • UK reaches the gigahertz NMR level – behind other nations

  • Covid-19 vaccine deals risk skewing supply

  • Overcoming hydrogen hype

  • Encouraging signs from initial Covid-19 vaccine trials

  • Chemistry departments across the UK tackle herculean task of reopening

  • Ethical challenge

  • Live – Crispr wins the 2020 chemistry Nobel prize

  • Chemical detective work shows its power in latest Novichok saga