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Stretching liquid crystals to the limit with LC AuxeTec


The unintuitive properties of LC AuxeTec’s materials mean they thicken when stretched, and could be exploited in body armour and skyscraper windows

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EU commits to overhaul of chemicals legislation

2020-10-16T08:27:00+01:00By Vanessa Zainzinger

The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability promises the biggest reform since Reach

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Covid-19 highlights need to update pharma supply chains


Resilience and redundancy are key amid protectionist calls for domestic manufacturing

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Arkema acquitted over hurricane fire emissions


US Judge rules there is insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges relating to peroxide fire caused by flooding in 2017

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Covid-19 vaccine deals risk skewing supply


International accords including Covax aiming to ensure equitable distribution to poorer countries

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Drop in plasma donations hits immunoglobulin supply


Lockdown and social distancing have discouraged donors, and the potential impact of convalescent plasma collection for Covid-19 treatment is unclear

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Uncovering the sources of contaminated sanitisers

By Katrina Megget

Methanol and 1-propanol could get into hand gels by unintentional or deliberate adulteration

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Overcoming hydrogen hype


European strategies set up hydrogen’s potential contribution to lowering carbon emissions

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Russian vaccine launch shocks scientists


Sputnik V to be approved without large human trial data