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US National Academies urges postdoctoral reforms

17 December 2014 News and Analysis

Postdoctoral students are paid too little and have poor employment opportunities, a National Academies committee concludes

Freedom Industries’ president arrested for fraud

11 December 2014 Business

Executive whose company leaked MCHM into West Virginian water supplies is charged with lying to deflect blame

First science envoys announced for the US

11 December 2014 News and Analysis

Former NOAA chief will serve as one of several top scientists in newly created posts

Canadian clamp down on mercury

11 December 2014 News and Analysis

New rules will ban making and importing most mercury-containing products

Merck to buy antibiotics specialist Cubist

11 December 2014 Business

Pharma giant remains committed to $9.5bn deal despite key Cubist patents being invalidated by court ruling

More congressional criticism of US science agency funding

9 December 2014 News and Analysis

House science committee’s Republican leader accuses NSF of poor stewardship of taxpayer dollars allegedly spent on parties, trips

Huntsman looks to cut jobs and titania capacity

8 December 2014 Business

900 employees face axe as firm evaluates titanium dioxide options

Chemistry performs better on gender balance in US than other physical science

8 December 2014 Research

Representation of women among US chemistry doctoral recipients is nearly 40%

Tufts’ $2.6bn drug development figure questioned

5 December 2014 News and Analysis

Details sought about how university determined cost of bringing a drug to market jumped 145% since 2003

Physicist turned politician to head AAAS

5 December 2014 News and Analysis

Retiring Representative Rush Holt will assume the helm of AAAS in February and wants to see US science funding boosted

DuPont quantifies scale of deadly chemical leak

3 December 2014 Business

10.4 tonnes of methyl mercaptan were released in La Porte, US

US moves to tighten ozone limits

2 December 2014 News and Analysis

Industry and Republicans pushback against the EPA’s proposal to strengthen air quality standards

Hard questions after litany of forensic failures at US labs

1 December 2014 News and Analysis

An apparent upsurge in malpractice at forensics crime labs has prompted calls for tighter oversight and controls

Obama acts to attract non-US scientists and engineers

27 November 2014 News and Analysis

President takes action to make it easier for scientists and engineers born abroad to work and stay in the US

Gates Foundation champions open access

26 November 2014 News and Analysis

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will require research it funds to be published open access from next year

US approves low acrylamide spud

25 November 2014 News and Analysis

The first genetically modified potato that produces less acrylamide has been granted approval in the US

China poised to become top science spender

21 November 2014 News and Analysis

Budgetary pressures on EU, Japan and the US have positioned China to be the highest R&D funder by around 2019, OECD says

Ranbaxy sues over withdrawn US approvals

21 November 2014 Business

Company says decision is ‘unconstitutional’ and deprives it of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue

US drug development costs surge

20 November 2014 News and Analysis

The price of developing new prescription drugs in the US has increased 145% since 2003, Tufts data shows

Methyl mercaptan leak kills four workers

20 November 2014 Business

Cause of accident at US DuPont plant is still under investigation

Feud opens up over value of some US research

20 November 2014 News and Analysis

Top science committee Republican in fight with university association over NSF grant review process

UC Davis chemist sentenced to four years over explosion

19 November 2014 News and Analysis

Postdoc sentenced over attempt to make explosive device and reckless disposal of hazardous waste

Globetrotting carbon dioxide modelled by Nasa

19 November 2014 Research

Nasa's new climate models visualise the movement of the greenhouse gas

Mouse model to assess chemical exposure

14 November 2014 News and Analysis

Outbred mice can be used predict how human's will respond to harmful chemicals with examination of chromosomal damage

Grad student blamed for research misconduct at Utah

13 November 2014 News and Analysis

Two papers have been retracted due to image falsification at the University of Utah