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ISIS lab re-extends its opening hours

The UK ISIS neutron beam laboratory has announced that it will now operate for 150 days in the 2009-2010 financial year - a reversal on an announcement in June that the service would be cut to just 120 days (see Chemistry World, August 2009, p10). This news is particularly welcome due to the unscheduled six month shut down of the similar Laue-Langevin institute facilities in France that will commence in November.  


Organic chemist takes charge at Oxford University

Andrew Hamilton, Yale University's ex-provost and a distinguished synthetic organic chemist, has started his term as vice chancellor at the University of Oxford, UK.  Chemistry World  spoke to Hamilton about his plans when his appointment was announced in June 2008  


EU to miss 2010 air pollutant limits

Just 14 EU member states are expected to meet their 2010 air pollutants targets, according to the latest figures released by the European Environment Agency. These legally binding emission targets for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds and ammonia are set under the EU national emission ceilings directive. 


Go Figure

45 per cent      

The rise in science researchers in developing countries between 2002 and 2007. This equates to an increase from 344 to 499 researchers per million inhabitants. The number is still significantly lower than the developed countries figure of 3592 researchers per million inhabitants.

Also of interest

Andrew Hamilton

Interview: Andrew Hamilton

30 June 2008

Oxford's next vice-chancellor is still a synthetic organic chemist at heart