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US environmental body ditches ban on grantees on advisory panels


After several legal defeats, the EPA has backed down on controversial policy

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Ineos to buy BP petrochemicals businesses for $5bn


Deal covers 14 acetyls and aromatics manufacturing plants and 10 joint ventures

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Explainer: The science of Covid-19 testing


Rapidly-deployed methods are saving lives and easing minds

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Bayer commits over $10bn to resolve legacy Monsanto lawsuits


Agreement settles about 75% of Roundup-related cases and resolves PCB and dicamba litigation

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Roadmap plans route out of pandemic purgatory for UK research


Ambition applauded by science community but researchers yet to be sold on its substance

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EU science programme will be hurt by Brexit but will survive


Network analysis suggests excellent science pillar of Horizon framework will be hardest hit 

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Fears that US clampdown on student visas will hamstring nation’s research


The country’s universities could suffer if restrictions aren’t eased soon

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Chemistry’s reproducibility crisis that you’ve probably never heard of


Legacy issues are posing important questions for scientific software developers

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Photocatalysis in flow makes carbon bonds from nearly inert natural gases


C–H activating methane, ethane and propane in a flow reactor shows that it’s possible to use gaseous hydrocarbons as reagents in organic synthesis

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How the products of fire control the formation of snow


Nadine Borduas-Dedekind brings an organic chemist’s arrow-pushing insight to reactions in the atmosphere

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Light-harvesting wheel reinvented by chemists copying bacterium


Synthetic mimic of complex at the heart of photosynthesis offers new ways to capture solar energy

In depth

  • Scrambling and gambling to scale up Covid-19 medicines

  • This little Crispr went to market

  • Covid-19 wreaks havoc on US universities leaving their finances in disarray

  • Taking responsibility for waste

  • Science steps up a gear as struggle to both understand and fight coronavirus intensifies

  • Making the right call on dexamethasone

  • A long road ahead

  • Zhenan Bao: 'We just had to dream big'