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ChemChina offers to buy Syngenta in $43bn takeover

8 February 2016 Business

Directors welcome deal that will allow agrochemicals giant to establish a presence in China

Use of Crispr on human embryos approved in UK

2 February 2016 News and Analysis

The UK’s fertility regulator will allow gene-edited human embryos to be used in research

New law on legal highs approved in UK

1 February 2016 News and Analysis

A blanket ban on New Psychoactive Substances has been given final approval and will come into force in April

Science minister announces new UK funding

28 January 2016 News and Analysis

Government pledges additional support for international research and science centres

Sweat-sensing wristband measures metabolites

27 January 2016 Research

Athletes could soon be using flexible sensors to analyse their performance

Microscopic cannon battery to blast disease

22 January 2016 Research

Cannon-like tubes shoot tiny bullets when triggered by ultrasound and could deliver drugs

Ebola death confirmed in Sierra Leone

15 January 2016 News and Analysis

Disease resurfaces hours after World Health Organization announces an end to the current outbreak in west Africa

Singapore to ramp up research investment with new five-year plan

15 January 2016 News and Analysis

Record 18% increase will see science spend rise to S$19 billion over 2016–2020

Saliva test detects date rape drug

12 January 2016 Research

Detecting GHB and alcohol contaminants in saliva could mean faster treatment for ‘drunk’ A&E patients

Confirmation of four new elements completes seventh row of periodic table

7 January 2016 News and Analysis

Iupac endorse discovery of elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 by teams in Russia, Japan and the US

Destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons complete

4 January 2016 News and Analysis

Disposal of remaining weapon precursors in the US ends destruction of regime’s declared stockpile

World leaders agree climate deal at COP21 talks

14 December 2015 News and Analysis

Paris agreement sets out plans to limit warming to 2°C and work towards zero net emissions

Former Carlsberg chemist to join ERC as new vice president

10 December 2015 News and Analysis

Organic chemist Klaus Bock will replace Sierd Cloetingh as one of the pan-European funder's vice presidents

Cockroach swarming pheromones produced by gut bacteria

8 December 2015 Research

Bacteria can influence insect behaviour by producing volatile compounds

Royal Society backs ORCID to identify researchers

7 December 2015 News and Analysis

From January, authors submitting papers to UK society’s journals will need to have signed up for unique identifier

Dress dye analysis points to fast-moving fashion in 19th century

7 December 2015 Research

Purple dyes took as little as four years to go from synthesis to mass production

Why does asparagus make your wee smell?

4 December 2015 Review

Pungent prose

20 carat gold foam lighter than a feather

30 November 2015 Research

Gold nanoparticle aerogel is a thousand times lighter than solid gold

Let it snow

26 November 2015 Last Retort

Faking flakes whatever the weather

Update: Scientists relieved as UK research protected in real terms

25 November 2015 News and Analysis

Chancellor reveals that core science budget will see inflationary rise of £500 million over course of this parliament

Labour would increase R&D spending to 3% of GDP

23 November 2015 News and Analysis

Shadow chancellor says a Labour government would commit to increasing investment in research

Nurse review backs shake-up at research councils

20 November 2015 News and Analysis

Royal Society head stops short of recommending a merger but proposes new overarching body with more powers to direct research

Magnetic ‘compass’ protein found in fruit flies

17 November 2015 Research

Discovery may be missing piece of puzzle that explains how animals can navigate using Earth’s magnetic field

Chemical fingerprints of prehistoric beekeepers discovered

11 November 2015 Research

Traces of beeswax found on 8500-year-old pottery fragments provide evidence of early bee domestication

UK science’s ‘superpower’ status at risk

9 November 2015 News and Analysis

Long-term planning needed to push public and private R&D investment to 3% of GDP, science committee concludes