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Monsanto turns down Bayer offer

25 May 2016 Business

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

Postdocs in the US poised for overtime windfall

25 May 2016 News and Analysis

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

Large HIV vaccine trial to launch in South Africa

24 May 2016 News and Analysis

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

WHO clarifies glyphosate risks

23 May 2016 Business

UN and WHO panel conclude the herbicide glyphosate is ‘unlikely’ to cause cancer at realistic exposure levels

White House unveils microbiome research plan

20 May 2016 News and Analysis

New $121 million initiative will foster integrated study of communities of microorganisms in people, plants and ecosystems

Deal reached on US chemical regulation reform

20 May 2016 News and Analysis

Modernisation of America’s outdated Toxic Substances Control Act agreed, and expected to be signed into law imminently 

Chemical plant safety plan deemed insufficient

19 May 2016 News and Analysis

Former head of Environmental Protection Agency says plan to keep US chemical facilities safe needs strengthening

Honeywell spins off resins and chemicals unit

17 May 2016 Business

‘AdvanSix’ will separate by early 2017 and produce nylon, fertiliser and various chemical intermediates

Deadly US fertiliser plant blast was deliberately set

13 May 2016 Business

Fire that caused West Fertilizer explosion was a ‘criminal act,’ US agency concludes

Extent of Massachusetts lab’s forensics failure revealed

13 May 2016 News and Analysis

State chemist stole from reference standards to feed a habit, raising doubts over thousands of criminal cases

Evonik acquires Air Products’ chemical unit

10 May 2016 Business

Air Products also spinning off electronic materials to focus on industrial gases

Rethinking herbicide regulations

9 May 2016 Business

Europe withdraws amitrole and isoproturon, while EU, US and Colombia reconsider glyphosate rulings

Cancer deals spread

4 May 2016 Business

AbbVie nabs antibody specialist Stemcentrx, while Sanofi pursues Medivation

Chemours sheds disinfectants and aniline

3 May 2016 Business

Dow Chemical and Germany’s Lanxess will buy plants as Chemours restructures following its spin-off from DuPont

Steady rise in US science and engineering doctorates raises job worries

28 April 2016 News and Analysis

Most research doctorates ever awarded in 2014, with chemistry PhDs jumping 35% in last decade

US federal research funding saw 6% growth

25 April 2016 News and Analysis

Support for research grew significantly between 2013 and 2014 but is expected to flatten in 2015 when figures are released

Hawaii lab explosion linked to safety failings

22 April 2016 News and Analysis

Accident that cost a postdoc her arm resulted from inappropriate equipment and unheeded warnings

Going up in vapour

15 April 2016  Premium contentFeature

As research suggests that e-cigarettes may expose vapers to harmful chemicals, Rebecca Trager finds that governments are catching up with regulations 

FDA moves to withdraw swine drug carbadox

13 April 2016 Business

Carcinogenic antibiotic has been banned in EU, Canada and Australia for years

California lab safety centre to investigate Hawaii University accident

13 April 2016 News and Analysis

Probe into recent lab explosion that took postdoc’s arm to report at the end of April

Surge in US industry investment linked to shale gas

12 April 2016 Business

264 expansion or construction projects announced, of which 40% have commenced or completed

Brazilian recession hits chemical industry

11 April 2016 Business

Demand for chemical products has fallen 7.9% in the last year, as production hits all-time low

Dow settles remaining polyurethane price-fixing suits

11 April 2016 Business

$400m proposal covers claims of customers not involved in previous class action lawsuit

Portuguese chemist subject of new retractions

11 April 2016 News and Analysis

Eight papers published by Rodrigo Lopes have been retracted in recent years

DuPont shutters US plant where leak killed four workers

8 April 2016 Business

La Porte plant will not reopen after fatal methyl mercaptan leak in 2014