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30 years ago: A Nobel portrait

27 August 2015 Last Retort

A painting of Dorothy Hodgkin depicting the busy scientist with four hands went on display at the National Portrait Gallery

Slowly supple

27 August 2015 Last Retort

Despite chemists’ best efforts, there is still nothing quite like leather

Credit where credit’s due

27 August 2015 Critical Point

Disputes over authorship can be a source of conflict in the lab. The solution is greater transparency, says Mark Peplow

Syngenta fends off Monsanto takeover bid

27 August 2015 Business

Unmoving objection to merger leads US giant to drop pursuit

Job cuts at Lundbeck and DSM

27 August 2015 Business

Each cutting around 1000 roles in reorganisation efforts

Drugs in a class of their own

27 August 2015 Editorial

Business leader: New drug types need careful regulation to reward innovation while protecting patients

Nanoscale microscopy casts light on cellular dynamics

27 August 2015 Research

Nobel prize winning research fulfils early promise to reveal real time cellular processes

AFM pictures show bond polarity

27 August 2015 Research

Atomic force microscopy technique reveals charge distribution within chemical bonds

Individual microRNA molecules detected with a single microbead

27 August 2015 Research

Beady-eyed bioassay can identify important nucleotides on the single molecule level

A shared secret?

26 August 2015 The Crucible

Do chemistry and alchemy have a common ancestor, or are they separated by science, asks Philip Ball


26 August 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Why do the Blue Ridged Mountains inspire so many songs? Maybe it's because of the Isoprene that gives them their blue hue...

Sandia contractor to pay $4.8m to settle illegal lobbying charges

26 August 2015 News and Analysis

Lockheed Martin subsidiary allegedly misappropriated public funds to lobby Congress for a contract extension

Female sexual desire drug approved

26 August 2015 Business

Concerns raised over efficacy, side effects and use of advocacy campaigning to influence regulatory decisions

How could a tree make tramadol?

26 August 2015 Research

Contemplating nature’s biosynthetic abilities

Chemists wage war on designer drugs

25 August 2015 News and Analysis

Analytical tools that could help stop the proliferation of new psychoactive substances are being discussed

Alternative nutraceutical delivery method proposed

25 August 2015 Research

Alternatives address safety concerns about surfactant-based emulsifiers

Simple chemistry saving thousands of gold miners from mercury poisoning

25 August 2015 News and Analysis

Basic apparatus is cutting mercury pollution and helping Indonesian miners go for gold

Trapped nanoparticles could bring 'wet' computing a step closer

24 August 2015 News and Analysis

Information can be rapidly stored and retrieved from single colloidal particles using light and electricity

New drug treatment for alcoholism shows promise in animal studies

24 August 2015 Research

Compounds that target a receptor in the brain appear less addictive with fewer negative side-effects than existing drugs

Flushing advice is flawed

24 August 2015 Research

Protocols to restore contaminated water supplies are not based on science

Ultralight solar cells designed to drive drones

24 August 2015 Research

Researchers have shown perovskite solar cells just 3μm thick can power miniature model aircraft

Coating can drive down white LED light prices

21 August 2015 News and Analysis

Luminescent metal–organic framework films may supplant expensive, rare earth-based LED coatings

Helium – the disappearing element

21 August 2015 Review


Paper device tracks fracking pollution

21 August 2015 Research

Cheap and simple bromide sensor warns if water has been contaminated with fracking fluid

Indian pharma under increased regulatory scrutiny

21 August 2015 Business

Import bans and tightened rules pose a significant challenge for companies