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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

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