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Roche chases bolt-on acquisitions as it pushes into genomics

28 January 2015 Business

Company’s recent shopping spree aims to harness genome sequencing to advance personalised treatments

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

Ex-US Navy weapons specialist arrested over chemical stockpile

28 January 2015 News and Analysis

Arrest made in Canada over osmium tetroxide stores and other chemicals that triggered evacuation of nearby homes

BPA use poses 'no health risks', says EU

27 January 2015 News and Analysis

A European Food Safety Authority evaluation has found the use of BPA in plastics does not cause harm

Plant plaster protects wine from vine decline

27 January 2015 Research

Fungal infection threatening to devastate vineyards could be halted by eco-friendly nanofibre membrane

Fears for forensic quality in England and Wales

27 January 2015 News and Analysis

Audit reveals little data on services police purchase and a regulatory unable to enforce standards across the industry

Shire deepens rare disease focus with NPS buyout

26 January 2015 Business

Approval of parathyroid hormone drug further validates acquisition decision

UK calls for fracking restrictions

26 January 2015 Business

Environment committee wants to protect national parks and tighten regulation

Straightening out capacitance measurements

26 January 2015 Research

Inexpensive circuit improves accuracy of electrochemical tests in the search for new supercapacitors

Alkali metal explosion explained

26 January 2015 Research

High-speed cameras help re-examine the chemistry behind a classic classroom demonstration

Blue LEDs may be caught in a trap

26 January 2015 Research

Manufacturing difficulties could be down to nitrogen vacancies

‘Research bank’ idea floated to support US science agencies

23 January 2015 News and Analysis

Establishment of a public–private bank mooted to smooth out fluctuations in America’s government support for research

Self-cleaning sensors see the light

23 January 2015 Research

Overcoming electrode fouling in biomedical and environmental detectors

Obama talks up research, announces personalised medicine initiative

23 January 2015 News and Analysis

US president proposes ‘precision medicine’ initiative in State of the Union speech

US methane emissions reduction effort generates sparks

22 January 2015 Business

White House targets oil and gas sector but gets a chilly reception from Republican lawmakers and industry

Switching desalination plants from carbon dioxide source to sink

22 January 2015 Research

Thermal decomposition of reject brine could help combat carbon dioxide emissions and ocean acidification

Diamond sensor atom scale imaging proposed

22 January 2015 Research

Technique could, in theory, be used to build up a detailed picture of protein binding sites and other complex structures using NMR

BP Deepwater oil spill fines set to fall dramatically

22 January 2015 News and Analysis

Louisiana judge rules that disaster released a million fewer barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico than the US government estimated

Comet 67P’s carbon blanket promises solar system birth insights

22 January 2015 Research

Rosetta probe suggests comet contains complex organic compounds similar to those found in nebula that spawned the sun and planets

€2.7bn research cuts to fund Europe's stimulus package unveiled

21 January 2015 News and Analysis

Big losers from Horizon 2020 science programme include Europe's technology institute and the European Research Council

Confusion over Europe's chief scientific adviser post

20 January 2015 News and Analysis

Commission says adviser role will still be scrapped despite UK MEP claims

Tomography allows ancient texts to rise from the ashes

20 January 2015 Research

Scroll from town destroyed in Vesuvius eruption over 2000 years ago deciphered

NIH institute looks to end funding monopolies

19 January 2015 News and Analysis

New guidelines aim to spread grant money more evenly to avoid it accumulating in the hands of research superstars

Chitosan bioelectrode sustains metabolic power to medical implants

19 January 2015 Research

Shrimp shell and fruit extracts improve lifespan of glucose biofuel cells