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Biodiesel byproduct rejuvenated into plastic feedstock

19 December 2014 Research

Cascade process generates lactic acid from waste glycerol

‘Great outcome’ for chemistry in REF 2014

19 December 2014 News and Analysis

Results show overall improvement in research quality

UK science strategy leaves many questions unanswered

18 December 2014 News and Analysis

Document contains no commitment to continue science ringfence or increase R&D spending

Catching water with imitation beetle bumps

18 December 2014 Research

Inkjet printing crafts a superhydrophobic surface that mimics the fog harvesting ability of the Namib Desert beetle

US National Academies urges postdoctoral reforms

17 December 2014 News and Analysis

Postdoctoral students are paid too little and have poor employment opportunities, a National Academies committee concludes

Chemical camouflage helps fish hide from predators

17 December 2014 Research

First time a vertebrate has been seen to evade predators by smelling like its habitat

Antimicrobial resistance will kill 300 million by 2050 without action

16 December 2014 News and Analysis

UK report says resistance will cost global economy $100 trillion

From nutshell to supercapattery

15 December 2014 Research

Hybrid sodium ion capacitor that costs peanuts rivals lithium ion equivalent

Can research quality be predicted by metrics?

15 December 2014 News and Analysis

Prognostications unveiled for how UK universities will fare in latest assessment exercise

Smart skin for prosthetic limbs senses heat and touch

12 December 2014 Research

Ultra-thin plastic skin can bend and flex without affecting the skin's ability to detect stimuli

Freedom Industries’ president arrested for fraud

11 December 2014 Business

Executive whose company leaked MCHM into West Virginian water supplies is charged with lying to deflect blame

First science envoys announced for the US

11 December 2014 News and Analysis

Former NOAA chief will serve as one of several top scientists in newly created posts

Canadian clamp down on mercury

11 December 2014 News and Analysis

New rules will ban making and importing most mercury-containing products

Sunlight activates radical approach to dengue eradication

11 December 2014 Research

Mosquito larvae degraded by iron oxide catalysts supported on floating blocks

Merck to buy antibiotics specialist Cubist

11 December 2014 Business

Pharma giant remains committed to $9.5bn deal despite key Cubist patents being invalidated by court ruling

Big pharma opens up abandoned drugs

10 December 2014 Business

Seven firms will make 68 stalled compounds available for academic research

Saint-Gobain surprises Sika with buyout bid

10 December 2014 Business

Company is buying out family-owned controlling stake, but Sika claims the deal will create a conflict of interest

σ meets π for a hole lot of bonding

10 December 2014 Research

Co-operating holes provide unique interaction opportunities

Quick and cheap test to detect horse meat

10 December 2014 Research

Scientists develop test for meat authentification using a benchtop NMR machine

Cutting edge chemistry in 2014

10 December 2014 Research

We take a look back at the year's most interesting chemical science stories

More congressional criticism of US science agency funding

9 December 2014 News and Analysis

House science committee’s Republican leader accuses NSF of poor stewardship of taxpayer dollars allegedly spent on parties, trips

Plastic bottles recycled into cigarette filters

9 December 2014 Research

Put that in your pipe and smoke it

Huntsman looks to cut jobs and titania capacity

8 December 2014 Business

900 employees face axe as firm evaluates titanium dioxide options

Chemistry performs better on gender balance in US than other physical science

8 December 2014 Research

Representation of women among US chemistry doctoral recipients is nearly 40%

Spinach chlorophyll activates polymer production line

8 December 2014 Research

Light energy channelled into biomedically useful molecules