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ChemChina offers to buy Syngenta in £43bn takeover

8 February 2016  Business

Directors welcome deal that will allow agrochemicals giant to establish a presence in China


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Catching up with legal highs

8 February 2016 Research

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How do you test for drugs when you don’t know what you’re looking for?

‘Chameleon’ camouflages itself with plasmonic skin

8 February 2016 Research

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Nano-structured display changes colour in response to electric field

A small molecule’s big moment

8 February 2016 Research

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Substituted benzene has the largest dipole ever observed in a neutral molecule

Maintaining marble monuments  

Oxamate salts add to the permanency of ‘set in stone’

Sprucing up biofuel with renewable antioxidants  

Coniferous bio-oil found to be an effective biodiesel stabiliser

DNA-coated nanoparticles take crystal engineering into the diamond league  

Self-assembling superlattices built with DNA could usher in era of materials on demand

BP to cut 7000 jobs  

UK oil company reduces its workforce to cut costs in response to low oil price and charges...

Medical devices consolidation continues  

Abbott to buy Alere for $5.8bn to augment its point-of-care diagnostics business

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Age of the phage

8 February 2016 Premium contentFeature

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Hayley Birch discovers how researchers are using proteins from viruses to create new antimicrobial drugs

A volatile question  Premium content

VOCs are more than just a man-made problem. Anthony King looks through the wood to the tre...

The cutting edge of gene editing  

The new gene-editing tool Crispr is taking the scientific world by storm, reports Katrina ...

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