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1922 chemistry Nobel medal up for auction

24 May 2016 News and Analysis

Prize awarded for the discovery of non-radioactive isotopes expected to sell for £200,000

Global code of ethics planned for chemists

23 May 2016 News and Analysis

International group drafts new guidelines on safety, conduct and sustainability

Call to address gender issues in UK higher education

17 May 2016 News and Analysis

More women are taking degrees than men, but women remain poorly represented in STEM subjects and senior academic positions

‘Shark jelly’ has record proton conductivity

16 May 2016 Research

Hydrogel that fills sharks’ electrosensing pores has the highest reported proton conductivity for a biological material

Adenine and guanine synthesised using prebiotic pathway

13 May 2016 Research

Two of the nucleotide bases that make up genetic material have been formed in early Earth simulation experiments

RCUK launches diversity action plan

11 May 2016 News and Analysis

Research Councils UK will consider diversity targets for make-up of councils and giving peer reviewers unconscious bias training

Hormone injections to tackle Beijing’s catkin woes

10 May 2016 News and Analysis

Chinese authorities are using plant growth regulators in the fight against urban fluff

Australia opens £80 million nanoscience hub

9 May 2016 News and Analysis

University of Sydney has unveiled the country’s first purpose-built nanoscience institute

Smallest ever molecular thermometers made from DNA

5 May 2016 Research

Tiny fragments of DNA combined with fluorescent probes can be used to take temperature at the nanoscale

Lack of data on BPA exposure in developing countries

4 May 2016 News and Analysis

Few studies focus on developing countries where regulations around BPA use are less strict

European food safety body to review BPA safety

3 May 2016 News and Analysis

EFSA will revisit data after studies suggest low exposures affect immune health

Nobel prize winner and buckyball discoverer Harry Kroto dies

3 May 2016 News and Analysis

Former Royal Society of Chemistry president with a passion for science communication passes away aged 76

Zinc spark of life marks egg fertilisation

29 April 2016 Research

Human egg’s discharge of zinc into its surroundings at the moment of conception seen for the first time

Countries ink Paris climate change agreement

27 April 2016 News and Analysis

Nearly 200 countries signed the global climate treaty that aims to limit temperature rises to ‘well below’ 2°C

Crispr-edited mushroom dodges regulation

26 April 2016 News and Analysis

Anti-browning mushroom developed using Crispr-Cas9 gene editing will not be regulated as a GMO by US agricultural agency

Golden opportunity to fight blindness with bananas

25 April 2016 Research

Studies on ‘golden bananas’ may help researchers develop carotenoid-rich varieties to combat vitamin A deficiency

Chemistry Nobel laureate Walter Kohn dies aged 93

22 April 2016 News and Analysis

Kohn was awarded the 1998 chemistry Nobel prize for developing density functional theory

The fine print

21 April 2016 Last Retort

There’s nothing like having your nose in a good book 

‘Anti-lobbying’ rule will not affect scientists, UK government says

20 April 2016 News and Analysis

Science minister confirms researchers are exempt from new rules affecting government grants

Metal foam armour shatters bullets

12 April 2016 Research

Composite metal foams could form the basis for next-generation bulletproof armour

Building blocks of life made in space ice simulations

8 April 2016 Research

Complex sugars – including the ‘backbone’ of RNA – have been created in lab-made interstellar ice

EU plans tighter controls on BPA

6 April 2016 News and Analysis

Proposal would reduce the migration limit of bisphenol A in food packaging by 90%

$1 billion x-ray laser upgrade begins at SLAC

4 April 2016 News and Analysis

Construction begins on world’s brightest x-ray laser

Gilead loses to Merck & Co in hepatitis C drug dispute

31 March 2016 Business

US court upholds Merck’s claim to patents related to blockbuster drugs

University of Hawaii researcher loses arm in lab explosion

23 March 2016 News and Analysis

Accident occurred during routine preparation of cell growth medium but the cause is still unknown