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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

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

Samsung to sell chemicals businesses to Lotte

6 November 2015 Business

Korean conglomerate Lotte will pay £1.7 billion for stake in Samsung's chemicals businesses

Eye drops show promise treating cataracts and even reversing damage

6 November 2015 Research

Sterol compound can ‘dissolve’ mis-folded proteins to help clear the lens offering hope to 100 million in developing world

Unnatural nanoreactor puts click reaction in the spotlight

5 November 2015 Research

Engineered nanopore reveals long-lived ‘click chemistry’ intermediate

GM tomato is a factory for healthy nutrients

30 October 2015 Research

Researchers hope resveratrol-rich tomatoes will give GM food a healthier image

Rosetta detects oxygen on comet 67P

29 October 2015 Research

Molecular oxygen has been detected in the coma of a comet for the first time

Malaria vaccine pilot studies recommended by WHO

26 October 2015 News and Analysis

GlaxoSmithKline’s RTS,S vaccine must undergo further testing before being rolled out, says World Health Organization panel

Royal Institution to sell off books to pay debts

21 October 2015 News and Analysis

UK science association hopes to make £750,000 by auctioning 90 historical texts from its library

Ancient graphite may push start of life back by 300 million years

20 October 2015 Research

Discovery of biologically forged carbon could rewrite textbooks on the earliest organisms

University renovations reveal antique US chemistry classroom

15 October 2015 News and Analysis

Builders discover remains of a 19th century lab hidden behind a wall

Cobalt could cut costs for pharma ingredients

15 October 2015 Research

Carboxylic acids and esters hydrogenated without the need for expensive precious metals

Scientists launch campaign to oppose UK exit from EU

13 October 2015 News and Analysis

Anti-Brexit group argues EU membership is essential for UK’s science base

Chemistry Nobel laureate Richard Heck dies

12 October 2015 News and Analysis

Heck developed palladium-catalysed cross coupling reactions that revolutionised organic chemistry

Call for collaboration to take on resistance

6 October 2015 News and Analysis

Better partnerships across research, industry and policy are needed to tackle antimicrobial resistance, say research leaders

Drax pulls out of carbon capture power station plans

28 September 2015 Business

Energy giant says government policies have slashed income and made carbon capture project too costly

3D printer uses gel matrix to tie the knot

25 September 2015 Research

Complex 3D patterns can be 'written' in a gel that switches between solid and liquid states

Chemistry Ig Nobel goes to ‘un-boiled' egg

18 September 2015 News and Analysis

Australian scientists pick up ‘improbable research’ prize for work on re-folding denatured proteins

Ytterbium has new atomic weight

15 September 2015 News and Analysis

Iupac has revised the standard atomic weight of ytterbium