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Chemical synthesis injects new life into old antibiotics

26 May 2016  Research

Approach can construct wide range of new antibiotic candidates from simple chemical building blocks


US tax relief law benefits chemical makers

26 May 2016 Business

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Bill provides mechanism to waive import tariffs on materials not available from domestic suppliers

Gas trap could drive down cost of key commodity chemical

26 May 2016 Research

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Material can separate contaminant from the world’s biggest organic chemical feedstuff – ethylene – and cut its carbon f...

Monsanto turns down Bayer offer

25 May 2016 Business

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As global agrochemical companies consolidate, Monsanto rejects ‘inadequate’ $62bn offer from Bayer

Postdocs in the US poised for overtime windfall  

Changes to US fair labour rule mean that up to 40,000 junior scientists eligible for pay r...

Explosive water display caught on film  

SLAC produces first slow motion video of droplets exploding in path of x-ray laser

IBM-led team aims molecular antivirus at buildings and people  

Polymers initially targeting cleaning wipes stop 11 different viruses entering cells

1922 chemistry Nobel medal up for auction  

Prize awarded for the discovery of non-radioactive isotopes expected to sell for £200,000

Large HIV vaccine trial to launch in South Africa  

US funding agency will enlist 5400 people for HIV vaccine study in South Africa in Novembe...

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Building better bones

20 May 2016 Premium contentFeature

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Can we make biodegradable materials strong enough to support the human body yet porous enough to allow real bone tissue to re...

Searching for complexity  

Lee Cronin’s research ranges from inorganic clusters to robot reactors driven by algorit...

Harry Kroto 1939–2016  

Neil Withers pays tribute to Harry Kroto, the co-discoverer of buckminsterfullerene, who d...

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