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Catching criminals' coffee adulteration

12 August 2014 Research

A test can detect unwelcome extra ingredients in coffee by analysing the drink's sugar fingerprint

Swellable polymer sponges up CO2

11 August 2014 Research

‘Knitted benzene’ polymer network outperforms commercial carbon dioxide sorbents under harsh conditions

UK plans stricter controls on poisons and explosives

7 August 2014 News and Analysis

The government will use licenses to track the sale of hazardous substances

Ants mix up ionic liquid

1 August 2014 Research

An ionic liquid has been found in nature for the first time

NGOs call for Europe's chief scientific adviser post to be scrapped

25 July 2014 News and Analysis

Environmental groups say policy advice should come from several different sources

Magnetic nanocubes self-assemble into spirals

25 July 2014 Research

Tiny cubes of magnetite form superstructures under a magnetic field

Former Royal Society of Chemistry president Lord Lewis dies

23 July 2014 News and Analysis

Jack Lewis, inorganic chemist and member of the House of Lords, has died aged 86

Science minister replaced in UK cabinet reshuffle

15 July 2014 News and Analysis

Greg Clark replaces David Willetts as minister for science and universities

Public–private research partnerships to tackle Europe's big problems

15 July 2014 News and Analysis

EU to pump billions into projects that hope to deliver new medicines, better fuel cells and sustainable aviation

Models contend iodine double bonds

11 July 2014 Research

Theoretical studies replace double bonds with dative in hypervalent iodine compounds

French science needs flexibility to compete on the global stage

10 July 2014 News and Analysis

More money needs to be diverted to smaller research groups, while government support for industry research should be simplified

UK backs £52m science industry training fund

8 July 2014 News and Analysis

Government and employers will jointly fund vocational training

Graphene Flagship doubles in size

2 July 2014 News and Analysis

66 organisations join €1 billion European graphene project

UK government announces £400m innovation fund

1 July 2014 News and Analysis

Businesses will have access to grants through competitions

What did the Romans do for us?

26 June 2014 Last Retort

Today’s researchers owe much to the chemists of civilisations past

China launches nationwide proteome project

12 June 2014 News and Analysis

Researchers will map the protein profiles of healthy and ailing organs

Hardest diamond ever made from carbon onions

11 June 2014 Research

Engineering synthetic diamonds' microstructure makes them harder and more heat resistant than their natural counterparts

Solar energy greener when home grown

10 June 2014 Research

Photovoltaic modules manufactured abroad have a higher carbon footprint

Pre-childbirth solvent exposure raises breast cancer risk

6 June 2014 Research

Women working with solvents before having children are more at risk

Employment situation worsens for US chemistry graduates

5 June 2014 News and Analysis

American Chemical Society survey shows a rise in unemployment and no change in starting salaries

UK researchers pledge transparency in animal research

19 May 2014 News and Analysis

Seventy-two organisations sign Concordat on Openness in Animal Research

China’s nitrous oxide emissions to triple by 2020

7 May 2014 Research

Chemical is biggest threat to the recovery of the ozone layer and a potent greenhouse gas too

Bacterium survives unnatural DNA transplant

7 May 2014 Research

Cell thrives with six nucleotides instead of the normal four and new DNA code could lead to new, unique proteins

New Zealand in legal highs U-turn

30 April 2014 News and Analysis

First phase of new drug policy reversed as government bans designer drugs

Tomatoes' cry for help turned into chemical weapon to battle insects

29 April 2014 Research

Plant signals not only warn other plants of insect attack but can be used to defend against them