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How organocatalysis won the Nobel prize


Jamie Durrani tells the story of how two young upstarts, Ben List and David MacMillan, created a whole new field of catalysis

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First malaria vaccine approved as hopes raised for new, better ones


Mosquirix prevents just 30% of severe malaria cases in young children prompting a guarded welcome

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Timmers’ towers and Straus’ flasks


The revolutionary system that made labs much less likely to go up in flames

Nobel prizes 2021

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US programme targeting researchers with China links crumbling under intense scrutiny


Academics are demanding that the Justice Department end the ‘China Initiative’ as cases collapse amid accusations of racial profiling

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Predicting and preventing production losses with AI


Seebo’s machine learning technology helps chemical manufacturers get deep insight into their processes

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Quotas for women or based on ethnicity ruled out for the Nobel prizes


Head of the body that awards the Nobel calls the small number of females Nobel laureates ‘sad’, but says quotas are the wrong approach

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New antiviral impresses against Covid-19


Merck & Co and Ridgeback’s molnupiravir reduces risk of hospitalisation and death, and may work against other coronaviruses

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Longest-serving National Institutes of Health chief, Francis Collins, to step down


Head of $41 billion US biomedical research agency will depart at the end of the year

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Tiny shear forces have big effect on protein reactions


Proteins react faster under the forces they experience when they squeeze through blood vessels

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Uranium’s strong covalent bond breaks periodic table predictions


Actinide’s unusual covalency could explain its ability to fix nitrogen

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Exploiting evolution to explore chemical space shows promise for drug discovery


Using molecular trees – similar to family trees – chemists could predict how products will evolve to make new molecules

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First snapshots of ionised water’s fleeting radical–cation pair


Ultrafast electron diffraction spots hydroxyl–hydronium complex before it separates a hundred quadrillionth of a second later

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Möbius metallacycles show their aromaticity with textbook reactivity


First electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions with unusual molecules

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Four years of chemistry preprints


Nina Notman takes stock of how preprint severs have settled into the chemistry community

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What’s wrong with research culture?


A knotty mess of problems affects people doing academic research in the UK. Rachel Brazil tries to untie the tangle

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The name’s bond, chemical bond

By Kathryn Harkup

Kathryn Harkup explores the poisons – real and fictional – used in Bond films

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Experimenting in a pandemic


Chemistry teachers have faced extraordinary challenges in preparing and running practicals in the past 18 months. Clare Sansom investigates how they have fared

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