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New Horizons sees red over Pluto’s atmosphere

28 July 2015 News and Analysis

Reaction of methane breakdown products are responsible for the dwarf planet’s rosy hue

Battery buffer takes the strain

28 July 2015 Research

Unconventional layered oxide that counteracts volume expansion in electrodes could help batteries last longer

US government uncovers safety failings at nuclear lab

28 July 2015 News and Analysis

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s safety culture put under the microscope by Department of Energy

Zeolite packaging to fight durian fruit stench

28 July 2015 Research

Cheap odour-eating films can absorb nasty smells and could soon find their way into clothing as well as food wrapping

Three dead in Chinese petrochemical plant fire

27 July 2015 Business

Further four workers injured after leaking oil ignited at Qingyang Petrochemical plant in Gansu province

Repellent nanocraters could shape tissue engineering

27 July 2015 Research

Nanoscale holes can be used to shepherd cells with applications in stem cell and medical implant technologies

Boroles get a stability boost

27 July 2015 Research

Bulky protecting groups enhance optoelectronic potential

Single polymer pill could deliver entire drug course in one go

27 July 2015 Research

Flexible elastomer ring springs open to stay in stomach and could slowly release drugs over days

US regulator says DuPont’s safety programme ‘failed’

24 July 2015 Business

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration has again proposed to fine DuPont after uncovering ‘repeated’ and ‘serious’ lapses in the company’s worker safety programme

EU bans endocrine disruptor from textile imports

24 July 2015 News and Analysis

Activists celebrate ban on imported clothing containing nonylphenol ethoxylates after long campaign against them

Controversial pesticide ban temporarily lifted in UK

24 July 2015 News and Analysis

Two neonicotinoid pesticides permitted by the UK following Farmers Union application

Mineral analysis surveys shark smile evolution

24 July 2015 Research

Extinct mega-shark had teeth more like those of dinosaurs than their modern relatives

FDA reverses debarment of one of its ex-chemists

23 July 2015 News and Analysis

US Food and Drug Administration lifts ban on chemist who worked at the agency, more than 20 years after he was sentenced for taking bribes

Failure to allay public concerns hobbling UK fracking

23 July 2015 News and Analysis

More facts, data and technical assessments won’t soothe worries when people want greater public debate of risks and benefits

Chemical firms seek better grasp of biomanufacturing

23 July 2015 Business

The search is on for better alternatives to the ‘broken’ way companies harness compound-making organisms

Super-elastic wire stretches without losing power

23 July 2015 Research

Fibre that can stretch 14 times its own length could find its way into robotic arms and satellites

Telescope detects ionised carbon in early galaxies

23 July 2015 Research

Dust discovery reveals youthful universe went through a rapid process of evolution

Photoredox catalysis mechanisms seen in new light

23 July 2015 Research

Luminescence quenching and quantum yield measurements prove light/dark experiments don’t always get it right

Leather gets a new perfume

22 July 2015 Research

Scientists in India have developed a way of infusing leather with lemongrass oil

Silicone bracelet set to pick-up on chemical exposure

22 July 2015 Research

MyExposome has initiated a fundraising campaign to bring its wristband technology capable of detecting more than 1400 chemicals to the public

Expert wiki to expose low-quality chemical probes

21 July 2015 News and Analysis

Trip Advisor-like project will fight use of poor probes contaminating the literature

Refining Avogadro’s number on way to new kilo

21 July 2015 Research

Most precise value yet reduces uncertainty down to 20 atoms in a billion

Nanoparticle cats drawn at the flick of a switch

21 July 2015 Research

Researchers create colourful pictures using nanoparticles that self-assemble in response to light

An unsustainable hypocrisy

21 July 2015 Business

Social responsibility should extend through the whole supply chain, not just be a tool to put pressure on feedstock suppliers

Energy devices go wireless

20 July 2015 Research

Self-healing polymer fuses energy modules together