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Cannabis chemists look for professional recognition

16 October 2014 News and Analysis

The American Chemical Society is being petitioned to form a division to help develop standards in the field

Bio-based chemicals on the rise in US

16 October 2014 Business

Government predicts 10% of chemicals market will be renewable by 2015

Quotas proposed to back younger US researchers

15 October 2014 News and Analysis

Legislator wants National Institutes of Health to reduce median age of first-time grantees to 38 by 2025

Pyrolysis touted as billion dollar US industry

13 October 2014 News and Analysis

Rapid deployment of plastics-to-oil could add $9 billion to America’s economy and 40,000 jobs

US ramps up rare diseases research

10 October 2014 News and Analysis

National Institutes of Health spends $29 million to study more than 200 rare diseases

World’s first carbon capture coal plant opens

9 October 2014 News and Analysis

A $1.4 billion retrofit of a Canadian power station will mean 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide is captured per year

US tax changes ripple into merger deals

8 October 2014 Business

Efforts to curb tax-avoiding ‘inversion’ deals will slow, but not stop, the wave

Los Alamos lab’s safety lapses faulted for radioactive leak

7 October 2014 News and Analysis

Audit finds lab’s poor safety likely to be at blame for a transuranic waste leak that closed US's only permanent nuclear waste repository

US research agencies in limbo

3 October 2014 News and Analysis

A question mark remains over funding for NIH and other science agencies as new fiscal year begins without proper budgets

EPA criticised over asbestos clean-up research

2 October 2014 News and Analysis

Watchdog faults US Environmental Protection Agency for lax oversight of experiments involving asbestos

Researcher imprisoned for poisoning ex-lover

1 October 2014 News and Analysis

Renowned cancer researcher gets 10 years in prison for using antifreeze chemical ethylene glycol as a deadly weapon

Backlash as EPA considers fracking chemicals disclosure rules

30 September 2014 News and Analysis

EPA has been warned that forcing greater transparency could jeopardise trade secrets

White House tightens oversight of dangerous studies

29 September 2014 News and Analysis

New rules governing so-called ‘dual use’ research will take effect in a year, but there is concern that they will stymie critical studies

NIH wants scientists to consider sex in research

26 September 2014 News and Analysis

Preclinical and clinical research is overreliant on male test subjects which can cloud future work in humans

Merck KGaA to buy Sigma–Aldrich

26 September 2014 Business

$17bn acquisition expands Merck’s life science business and US presence, but it isn’t stepping back from drug development

US chemical regulation reform deadlocked once more

25 September 2014 News and Analysis

Efforts to update the US’s nearly 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act are grounded following political squabble

Big name coffee chains drawn into acrylamide fight

23 September 2014 News and Analysis

Starbucks and other coffee chains are being sued in California by a non-profit that wants carcinogen labels slapped on their drinks

US drops restrictions on more GM seeds

22 September 2014 Business

Dow's herbicide-resistant corn and soybeans spark renewed criticism from environmental campaigners

US pushes for global phase-out of HFCs

19 September 2014 Business

Executive actions and industry commitments aim to speed up adoption of alternatives to hydrofluorocarbon greenhouse gases in refrigeration and air conditioning

US genomics lead being lost to China

17 September 2014 News and Analysis

NIH senior leaders are sounding the alarm bells, saying the US's pre-eminence in genomics research is under threat

US bid to control power plant emissions challenged

15 September 2014 News and Analysis

Republican governors from 15 fossil fuel-heavy states claim CO2 rules on shaky legal ground

Eastman snaps up Taminco for $2.8bn

12 September 2014 Business

Purchase will strengthen Eastman in niche markets and offers cost savings

NIH audit turns up plague bacteria and ricin

11 September 2014 News and Analysis

US biomedical research agency turns up five potentially harmful infectious agents inappropriately stowed on its campus

Work starts on US carbon capture project

9 September 2014 News and Analysis

$167 million project in Texas will capture 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide

Almost half of US researchers' time goes on admin

9 September 2014 News and Analysis

Survey finds principal investigators' time taken up by grant writing and post-award admin