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Developments in chemical education

1 September 2014 Editorial

At the American Chemical Society meeting we heard about how students are now engaging in alternative ways of communicating and promoting science

Wendy Brown: Space dust chemistry

1 September 2014 Research

The University of Sussex’s Wendy Brown explains how astrochemical research is done in the lab

Experimental Ebola drug 'impressive' in animal trials

1 September 2014 Research

All primates given ZMapp are cured of Ebola but the drug is still a long way from approval in humans

The trouble with boycotts

29 August 2014 Critical Point

Cutting academic ties with a censured state can do more harm than good, says Mark Peplow

Roche to buy InterMune for respiratory boost

29 August 2014 Business

$8.3bn deal gives Roche a leading position in pulmonary fibrosis

Rigid molecular wires make electrons fly

29 August 2014 Research

Organic wires conduct electrons 800 times faster than other molecular counterparts by letting them hitch a ride on a vibrational wave

Concerns over chemical treatment of reclaimed fracking fluid

29 August 2014 Research

Current recycling procedure may do more harm than good

Get prepped

29 August 2014 Review

What should you look for in those lab workhorses: balances, stirrer plates and mills? Elisabeth Jeffries surveys the scene

Trekking across chemical frontiers

28 August 2014 Organic Matter

You can’t shake a 1000 gallon reactor, says Chemjobber, so plant-scale hydrogenation is a challenge of phase boundaries

DuPont settles pollution charges for $1.3m

28 August 2014 Business

Allegations relate to eight hazardous chemical leaks in West Virginia between 2006 and 2010

Illuminating test measures fat in milk

28 August 2014 Research

Fluorescent probe has much to offer the dairy industry

Cost of scientific misconduct smaller than feared

28 August 2014 Research

Analysis puts a price on misconduct for US funder and claims it only comes to $58 million over 10 years

Unpicking natural product synthesis

28 August 2014  Premium contentFeature

Is total synthesis in danger of a decline? Nina Notman investigates

Clinical collaborations drive cancer immunotherapy

27 August 2014 Business

Companies race to pair up chemotherapy drugs with immune system-boosting antibodies to greatest effect in trials


27 August 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton describes one of his favourite school chemistry experiments, involving this week's compound: Glycerol

Ionic liquids join battle against antibiotic resistance

27 August 2014 Research

Organic salts disrupt biofilms to leave resistant bacteria at the mercy of antibiotics

Fluorinating new life into an increasingly ineffective antibiotic

27 August 2014 Research

Aminoglycoside analogue evades bacterial resistance mechanism

First ionic liquid made from plant waste

27 August 2014 Research

Closed loop recycling could see ionic liquids made from biofuel by-products used to make more biofuel

No-frills coats set a trend for designer viruses

26 August 2014 Research

An artificial protein that self-assembles around and protects DNA could be ideal for gene therapy, nanomachines and synthetic biology

Life in the freeze frame

26 August 2014  Premium contentFeature

Using x-rays to probe biological molecules has revolutionised science. Clare Sansom looks at a century of progress

The chemistry of food

24 August 2014 Review

Much to digest

Yeast turned into morphine and opioid biofactories

24 August 2014 Research

Scientists hope that biotech route could protect the drug supply chain from harvest failures and problems with illicit use

Falling behind: boom, bust & the global race for scientific talent

23 August 2014 Review

More scientists, more problems?