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.
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.