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UK launches universal ban on legal highs

29 May 2015 News and Analysis

The government will make it illegal to sell any psychoactive substance in a bid to crack down on designer drugs

Tory election victory heralds new science minister for UK

12 May 2015 News and Analysis

David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle ushers in new faces for research and universities posts

Science academies flag research priorities ahead of G7 summit

30 April 2015 News and Analysis

G7 leaders urged to discuss action on antibiotic resistance, neglected tropical diseases and the world's oceans

UK ordered to clean up NO2 pollution immediately

30 April 2015 News and Analysis

Government must come up with a new plan to tackle illegal pollution by the end of the year

Wieland’s chemistry Nobel to be sold at auction

29 April 2015 News and Analysis

1927 prize is the first chemistry Nobel to go under the hammer

Generics giant Mylan offers $30 billion for Perrigo

13 April 2015 Business

Mylan makes ambitious takeover offer just weeks after Abbott aquisition closes

BMS invests in gene therapy

9 April 2015 Business

Bristol-Myers Squibb makes $100 million deal with biotech uniQure

Leak causes explosion at para-xylene plant in China

8 April 2015 Business

Twelve injured by explosion and fire caused by a leaking xylene tank at chemical plant

Horizon to acquire orphan drugs in $1.1bn Hyperion takeover

2 April 2015 Business

Horizon will buy Hyperion and add new drugs to its rare disease portfolio

Novartis accused of ‘derailing’ trials for cheap eye disease drug

2 April 2015 Business

BMJ says pharma giant is trying to block access to a drug that would save the NHS millions

Teva buys Auspex Pharmaceuticals for $3.2bn

1 April 2015 Business

Generics giant will add late stage Huntingdon’s drug to CNS portfolio

Fears UK government scientists could be gagged by new rules

31 March 2015 News and Analysis

Civil service code changes mean government employees need ministerial permission to speak to the press

'Safe antifreeze' works better with added nanoparticles

26 March 2015 Research

Antifreezes based on a non-toxic food additive are now more effective and user-friendly

Simple cooking changes make healthier rice

23 March 2015 Research

Adding oil to water, cooling and reheating rice makes fibre-like resistant starch, reducing calories

UK budget science cash given cautious welcome

19 March 2015 News and Analysis

Government announces new money for research, but scientists say more needs to be done

Shipwrecked beer from 1840s lives again

13 March 2015 Research

170-year-old beer recreated with help from chemists

‘Pee power’ urinal trialled on university campus

5 March 2015 News and Analysis

Microbial fuel cells that run on urine could be used to light toilet blocks in refugee camps

Forgotten synthetic PhD theses set to be given new lease of life

5 March 2015 News and Analysis

Chemical structures will be harvested from graduate work and analysed for promising drug and materials leads

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