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Drug labelling problems ironed out by new catalyst

19 January 2016 Research

Cost-effective method to tritiate compounds offers way to track drug metabolism while minimising radioactive waste

Elastic springs switch sound on and off

5 January 2016 Research

Acoustic metamaterial could inspire strategies useful for selectively tuning out unwanted noise

Injectable foam repairs bones

22 December 2015 Research

Scientists say biomaterial could treat bone defects and diseases

Super-repellent coating ready in seconds

4 December 2015 Research

Non-stick polymer coating is simple to apply and repels oil, water and alcohol

Maths model could help put organs on ice

30 November 2015 Research

Minimising damage from toxic levels of cryoprotectant could allow long-term storage of transplant tissues

Microporous copper silicate sucks up carbon dioxide

16 October 2015 Research

Humid flue gases from fossil fuel power stations are no problem for this new material

Antibacterial soap has poor killing power

21 September 2015 Research

Soaps containing triclosan perform no better against bacteria than ordinary soap

Purple bacteria signal zinc deficiency

9 September 2015 Research

Low-cost bacterial ‘litmus test’ could help identify nutrient-deficient populations

Sweetening imaging of sugars to study disease

11 August 2015 Research

Whole body labelling of zebrafish sugars will provide new insight into cancer, infection and inflammation

Zeolite packaging to fight durian fruit stench

28 July 2015 Research

Cheap odour-eating films can capture nasty smells and could soon find their way into clothing as well as food wrapping

Solar hydrogen production on a roll with 2D films

7 July 2015 Research

Liquid 'rolling pins' could produce materials for solar to hydrogen conversion more cheaply

Promising compound offers single dose knock-out for malaria

17 June 2015 Research

Candidate antimalarial drug halt parasite protein synthesis and will enter human trials in a year

Injectable electronics unfold to monitor brain activity

8 June 2015 Research

Electronics a million times more flexible than the best currently available could transform patient monitoring

Complex amines made easy (and cheap)

22 May 2015 Research

Iron-catalysed cross-coupling brings together nitroarenes and olefins in a single step in boon for drug makers

Ancient RNA enzymes formed from freeze-thaw cycles

5 May 2015 Research

Temperature cycles help small pieces of RNA assemble into complex ribozymes

Micromotor catalyst powers up hydrogen production

29 April 2015 Research

Catalytic particles offer new cheaper and safer way of storing hydrogen for vehicles

Plant-inspired plastics take shape

21 April 2015 Research

Polymer that responds to multiple stimuli could bring shape-shifting plastics a step closer

Graphene sandwich turns water square

27 March 2015 Research

Water trapped between graphene sheets transformed into new type of ice

Mystery of coloured water droplets that chase and repel each other solved

19 March 2015 Research

Discovery could herald sprays that hoover up dirt and keep solar panels clean

MOF sensor sniffs out ammonia

12 February 2015 News and Analysis

First chemical sensor made from a 2D metal organic framework unveiled

‘Early RNA’ reactions characterised

11 February 2015 Research

Enzyme-free linking of nucleotides suggests possible route for the synthesis of ancient RNA

Fish sperm spawns rare earth metal recycling idea

13 January 2015 Research

Technique could provide a cheap, green way of recovering scarce metals from electronic waste

Asteroid bombardment of early Earth may have created building blocks of life

8 December 2014 Research

Simulated asteroid impacts turn simple chemical into DNA bases

Nanomolar chemistry enables 1500 experiments in a single day

25 November 2014 Research

High throughput method could speed drug discovery and cut down use of costly compounds

Beetle behind breath test for bank notes

17 November 2014 Research

Photonic crystal inks inspired by longhorn beetle could help to fight counterfeiting