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Fluorescent DNA becomes versatile metal detector

15 October 2014 Research

Colour changes of oligodeoxyfluorosides produces unique 'fingerprints' to distinguish up to 57 different metals

Tea tonic peps up tumour treatment

5 October 2014 Research

Green tea polyphenol makes ‘magic bullet’ cancer drug delivery even more powerful

Tiny tips reveal cells’ chemical secrets

30 September 2014 Research

Penetrating microprobe enables rapid mass spectrometry of single cells’ contents

Pepping up antibiotics

29 September 2014  Premium contentFeature

Industry and academia are turning to antimicrobial peptides to find new antibiotics, Andy Extance discovers

Bayer to sever polymer arm

23 September 2014 Business

German chemical giant’s exit from the materials world will help fund its crop and healthcare ambitions

‘Assembly line’ sculpts carbon chains

10 September 2014 Research

Precise addition of methyl group-bearing links is set to improve molecular shape control

Environmental priorities stymie hunt for stubborn ozone depleter

3 September 2014 News and Analysis

Scientists are struggling for resources to explain why carbon tetrachloride levels in the air are higher than expected

No-frills coats set a trend for designer viruses

26 August 2014 Research

An artificial protein that self-assembles around and protects DNA could be ideal for gene therapy, nanomachines and synthetic biology

The power of perovskites

22 August 2014  Premium contentFeature

Andy Extance finds out how the efficiency of perovskite solar cells has risen so quickly

Photon pinball identifies chemicals from afar

13 August 2014 Research

Samples turned into random Raman lasers beam their secrets from over a kilometre away

Low-emission ammonia offers food and climate solution

7 August 2014 Research

Electrolytic approach eliminates CO2 emissions and cuts energy consumption by a third

Next Mars rover will make oxygen from CO2

4 August 2014 News and Analysis

Mars 2020 will set Nasa’s space exploration on a self-sufficiency course

Turing patterns show their hand in finger formation

31 July 2014 Research

After 62 years, scientists clinch the identification of molecules that confirm codebreaker’s ideas in a different ‘digital’ area

Takeover battle pushes Allergan to cut R&D jobs

28 July 2014 Business

Besieged by serially acquisitive Valeant, the Botox maker will lay off 1500 staff to propel earnings growth

Bubble wrap could send lab costs packing

23 July 2014 Research

Potential bubbles up across wide range of uses as storage and test vessels, especially for poor countries

Linguistic statistics enable synthetic prophetics

17 July 2014 Research

A metric more commonly used by search engines to analyse language can now power organic chemistry retrosyntheses

Alloy primed for phase change from CD to TV

9 July 2014 Research

Uniting optical and electronic properties could bring compact disc material into smart contact lenses

Molecular sieve membranes look to greener separations

4 July 2014 Research

Coating micron-scale fibres’ inner surfaces with a MOF membrane could slash propylene production energy consumption

EMA wrangles restrain trial data progress

3 July 2014 Business

Attempts to balance industry and research interests on transparency draw suggestions of improper collusion

Beyond wonder

26 June 2014  Premium contentFeature

Five artists show Andy Extance why science and art need not be mutually exclusive

Nickel allergy case highlights nanoparticle unknowns

20 June 2014 News and Analysis

Chemist's metal hypersensitivity after weighing powder on open bench underlines safety needs

Pharma vies to unleash immune system power on cancer

12 June 2014 Business

Immuno-oncological drugs look set to earn billions and significantly lengthen patients’ lives

Cluster structure promises acid advance

30 May 2014 Research

After a 40-year wait, new information on how water clusters around protons stands to benefit our understanding of acids.

Reaching out

22 May 2014  Premium contentFeature

Andy Extance surveys how pharma uses outsourcing in a variety of different ways

Mechanism study seeks to clear ‘crystalline flask’ cloud

20 May 2014 Research

Could x-ray crystallography tracking of palladium-mediated aromatic bromination herald a flood of similar research?