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US food agency targets ‘toxic elements’ in baby food


Strategy will focus on lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium 

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Government clears merger of SinoChem and ChemChina


China’s chemicals giants will unite under a state-run holding company

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Universities pass UK research assessment stress test during tough times


Pandemic hampered submissions for REF but extension provided breathing space institutions needed

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Biden’s science budget for 2022 pleases US research community


White House requests big funding increases for research agencies

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Making supercritical fluid extraction affordable with Nova Extraction


London-based duo wants this powerful technique to be cheaper and more widely accessible

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France steps up hydrogen research with €7 billion investment


‘Green’ hydrogen, fuel cells for vehicles and storage of the gas will all receive funding

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Hole in UK science budget for Horizon Europe membership plugged


Funding appears to have been agreed to cover association to the EU’s huge research programme

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Bath becomes first UK university to sign green chemistry pledge


79 institutes around the world have now agreed to focus on green principles in chemistry education

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Geochemists uncover evidence of massive Antarctic meteorite explosion 430,000 years ago


Airburst event spread material across most of Antarctica

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Three-centre single-electron bond caught in a cage


Fullerene cage stabilises bond never before seen in lanthanide chemistry

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Ion trapping desalination membrane fishes out valuable materials


Selectively trapping toxic or useful ions could reduce toxicity of brine waste and offset costs

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