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UN proposes Bhopal contamination probe

2 March 2015 News and Analysis

Offer to investigate continuing pollution from the Bhopal disaster 30 years ago awaits Indian government approval

Science societies urge next UK government to invest more in research

10 February 2015 News and Analysis

National academies set out priorities to boost UK science after May's general election

‘Robot scientist’ speeds up drug discovery

5 February 2015 Research

Automated AI lab that learns and formulates hypotheses has identified promising anti-cancer and anti-malarial compounds

UK announces £40m fund for synthetic biology

2 February 2015 News and Analysis

The government has committed £40 million to set up new research centres and fund the development of synthetic DNA

Chemistry Nobel laureate Yves Chauvin dies aged 84

29 January 2015 News and Analysis

Catalysis chemist unravelled how olefin metathesis reactions took place paving the way for more efficient syntheses

Tiny volcanic cracks ‘incubated’ ancient DNA

28 January 2015 Research

Rock pores may provide answer to mystery of how longer and longer DNA strands arose on the ancient Earth

Live insects pictured with electron microscope

28 January 2015 Research

A protective ‘nano-suit’ made from a common detergent protects specimens in a vacuum

BPA use poses 'no health risks', says EU

27 January 2015 News and Analysis

A European Food Safety Authority evaluation has found the use of BPA in plastics does not cause harm

Confusion over Europe's chief scientific adviser post

20 January 2015 News and Analysis

Commission says adviser role will still be scrapped despite UK MEP claims

Blowing up brain tissue with swelling polymer delivers sharper images

15 January 2015 Research

Tissue samples inflated to four times their size to overcome microscopy limitations

Taj Mahal browning due to light-absorbing particles

13 January 2015 Research

Researchers have identified the pollutants behind the marble monument’s gradual colour change

DNA origami makes moving machines

12 January 2015 Research

Hinge-like structures can open and close again and again on binding of DNA

Protein mutant libraries to probe diseases' genetic link quickly and cheaply

12 January 2015 Research

More than 90% of the potential individual amino acid mutations possible introduced into cancer-linked protein

Post publication peer review comes of age

12 January 2015 News and Analysis

Websites like PubPeer are letting scientists have frank conversations about research but have led to accusations of bullying and personal attacks

Former Royal Society of Chemistry president dies

9 January 2015 News and Analysis

Polymer chemist and past chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Anthony Ledwith has died aged 81


10 December 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Could this be the sweetener that causes the most online panic?

Cutting edge chemistry in 2014

10 December 2014 Research

We take a look back at the year's most interesting chemical science stories

Philae detects organics on comet's surface

19 November 2014 Research

Scientists get first measurements from historic comet landing

Watching chemical gardens grow

10 November 2014 Research

Researchers explore the flower-like formations of cobalt chloride in waterglass

Pressure-sensitive coating makes swallowed batteries safer

4 November 2014 Research

Anode composite could end thousands of life-threatening incidents when children ingest button batteries

DNA 'barcodes' used to track food

30 October 2014 Research

Milk has been successfully tracked as it is turned into cheese and yogurt in an advance that could fight food fraud

Financial hurdles prevent women returning to STEM

29 October 2014 News and Analysis

Survey suggests women in science and engineering careers find it hard to return to work following a break

2D arsenic allotrope predicted

28 October 2014 Research

Graphene-like monolayer could be made by exfoliating grey arsenic

Iridium forms compound in +9 oxidation state

23 October 2014 Research

Iridium oxide cation made by pulsed-laser vaporisation in the gas phase

The resolution revolution

23 October 2014 Feature

Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy earned three of its creators a Nobel prize this year. Emma Stoye focuses in on their story