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Hydrogel fulfils burning desire for dissolvable bandage

25 July 2016 Research

Burn dressing created that simply washes off, rather than having to be cut away could mean less pain for patients

World doping body reinstates Rio lab

22 July 2016 News and Analysis

Drug lab will test athletes’ samples for the Olympics after questions about standards at the facility led to suspension

National Academies seek post-Brexit commitments from government

21 July 2016 News and Analysis

Seven leading scientific societies have published a joint statement of concern for the future of UK research and innovation

Israeli chemists urge government to ban chemical weapons

21 July 2016 News and Analysis

Open letter presses prime minister to ‘remove the curse of chemical weapons from the face of the Earth’

Explainer: what will Brexit mean for science?

15 July 2016 News and Analysis

We make sense of what the referendum decision will mean for the country’s universities, researchers and students

Royal Society appoints new foreign secretary

13 July 2016 News and Analysis

Chemist Richard Catlow will oversee the society’s international activities from November

London mayor reveals plan to tackle pollution

11 July 2016 News and Analysis

Tough new measures include a £10 emissions charge in central London for the most polluting vehicles

New type of meteorite found in Swedish quarry

15 June 2016 Research

Chemically distinct 470-million-year-old rock could be part of a long-gone asteroid

Initiatives link refugee researchers with jobs in Europe

13 June 2016 News and Analysis

Aid for scientists displaced by Syrian civil war and other conflicts still piecemeal across the continent

Toxic legacy of Agent Orange lives on in Vietnam

3 June 2016 News and Analysis

Scientists are struggling to clean up dioxin-contaminated soil that has been linked to devastating illnesses among thousands of people

Enquiry highlights ‘missing’ UK government research

3 June 2016 News and Analysis

Science group calls for a central database to improve public access to government-commissioned reports

EU leaders agree ambitious 2020 open access target

2 June 2016 News and Analysis

A group of science ministers from member states say all new papers published by 2020 should be open access

AkzoNobel sponsors colour garden at Chelsea Flower Show

1 June 2016 News and Analysis

Display celebrates plants that have been used historically to make dyes, and highlights a new project to capture nature’s structural colours in paint

Meteorite compounds hint at origins of life’s asymmetry

1 June 2016 Research

Excess of right handed sugar derivatives found on meteorites suggests homochirality may have come from space

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