Chemistry World podcast - February 2014

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0.40 - Research data are rapidly being lost to science as time passes, Canadian researchers have confirmed. As individual researchers are not preserving their data for posterity, there is a pressing need for tougher rules on data-sharing in public archives, the team concludes. Scientific data disappearing at alarming rate

5.54 - A collection of over 15 million chemical structures from patents – SureChem – is to be made freely available through the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI). Database of 15 million chemical structures set free

3.43 - The future of the iconic Keeling Curve, a record of atmospheric carbon dioxide that has been kept for over five decades, is in doubt. Funding cuts have left scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California, US, appealing to members of the public for donations to keep the work going. Iconic carbon dioxide programme imperilled by funding shortfall

7.17 - Recent years have seen great advances in alternatives to animal tests, yet we still need a giant leap to full replacement. We speak to Maurice Whelan, head of the systems toxicology unit at the institute for health and consumer protection of the European Commission’s joint research centre. The art of alternatives

14.15 - Researchers in the US have demonstrated that mechanical energy from a human hand can power a microfluidic device. Device runs on finger power

17.26 – It’s easy to forget that we’re armed with an incredibly sensitive instrument – the sense of touch. New research shows that the human fingertip could be almost as sensitive as atomic force microscopy. Sense and sense ability

21.00 - Actinide chemistry is reaching beyond nuclear and revealing surprising behaviour. We speak to Nottingham university chemist Steve Liddle. What can U do?

27.33 - Assembling a dream team of international researchers (as the EPSRC intend to do with their virtual world congress) could offer a useful snapshot of the UK’s strength in chemical engineering. Virtually excellent

30.44 - The UK has overtaken the US and now ranks first in one indicator of research quality, according to a new report commissioned by the UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. While the country punches above its weight as a research nation, it cannot rest on its laurels in future as emerging nations, such as China, step up the quality and quantity of their research, the report warns. UK overtakes US on research quality metric

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