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US judges slash damages in glyphosate cancer lawsuits

31 July 2019

While upholding rulings linking the herbicide to cancer, judges have cut Bayer-Monsanto’s fines from billions to tens of millions of dollars

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Austria becomes first EU country to fully outlaw glyphosate

12 July 2019

A ban of the controversial herbicide from 2020 has been approved by the Austrian government

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Profile: Oxford nanoSystems’ heat transfer coatings

9 July 2019

Nanospiked coatings drastically increase heat exchangers’ efficiency and can be applied after manufacturing

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BASF to axe 6000 jobs worldwide

4 July 2019

5% cut to global staff part of a drastic restructuring to simplify corporate structure

Long reads

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Enhancing solvents' sustainability

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Increased recycling and replacing toxic solvents with greener alternatives will reduce environmental impact

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Curbing industry’s carbon emissions

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Replacing fossil-fuelled furnaces with renewable electrical heating and cutting carbon from some heavy industries could make a serious dent in climate targets

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Industry adopts quantum computing, qubit by qubit

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Companies looking to solve complex chemistry problems are among early adopters of quantum technology

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Profiles

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HexagonFab cracks nanomanufacturing for pocket diagnostics

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HexagonFab’s founders say their graphene-based sensors are set to become the lab tests that don’t need a physical lab

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Profile: Oxford nanoSystems’ heat transfer coatings

By Vanessa Zainzinger

Nanospiked coatings drastically increase heat exchangers’ efficiency and can be applied after manufacturing

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Fighting fake medicines

By Julianna Photopoulos

RxAll’s handheld scanner assesses drug quality in real time via a smartphone

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Building a biological biocide

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Aqualution Systems produces stable hypochlorous acid, a natural biocide up to 300 times more effective than bleach

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Opinion

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Has x-ray had its day?

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Will the giant of structure determination be toppled by blasts from electron beams?

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Are new drugs better than existing ones?

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Should companies be made to change the way they run clinical trials?

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The silent rise of the robots

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Mechanical helpers have been creeping into our labs for decades

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Get with the quantum program

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Now is the time for industry to engage with the emerging world of quantum computers

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AbbVie to acquire Allergan in multibillion-dollar merger

27 June 2019By

Takeover deal will create world’s fifth-largest pharma company

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China makes slow progress on safety

11 June 2019By Rashmi Naidu

Government policy drive continues, as self-regulation also grows

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US finalises guidance on biosimilars

31 May 2019By

Regulator clarifies requirements for allowing substitution between products

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Industry criticises proposed US asbestos ban

29 May 2019By

Outright ban would compromise chlorine supply and public health, claims trade body

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Jury awards $2bn damages in US glyphosate trial

20 May 2019By

Bayer vows to appeal third defeat over Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, while experts suggest damages will likely be reduced

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Fighting fake medicines

16 May 2019By Julianna Photopoulos

RxAll’s handheld scanner assesses drug quality in real time via a smartphone