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US chemical regulation reform delayed yet again

27 May 2016 News and Analysis

Senator is blocking update to 40-year-old chemicals law and calling for more time to examine the bill

World faces tough challenge turning words into action on antibiotic resistance

27 May 2016 News and Analysis

Countries are waking up to the challenge of ‘superbugs’ but agreeing a way forward will be tricky   

Postdocs in the US poised for overtime windfall

25 May 2016 News and Analysis

Changes to US fair labour rule mean that up to 40,000 junior scientists eligible for pay rise

1922 chemistry Nobel medal up for auction

24 May 2016 News and Analysis

Prize awarded for the discovery of non-radioactive isotopes expected to sell for £200,000

Large HIV vaccine trial to launch in South Africa

24 May 2016 News and Analysis

US funding agency will enlist 5400 people for HIV vaccine study in South Africa in November

US drug giant will no longer supply lethal injection drugs

24 May 2016 News and Analysis

With Pfizer’s exit no US-approved pharma firm will sell its drugs to be used in executions

Global code of ethics planned for chemists

23 May 2016 News and Analysis

International group drafts new guidelines on safety, conduct and sustainability

White House unveils microbiome research plan

20 May 2016 News and Analysis

New $121 million initiative will foster integrated study of communities of microorganisms in people, plants and ecosystems

University research landscape faces big shake-up

20 May 2016 News and Analysis

UK government’s higher education white paper details increased competition, streamlining of funding bodies and teaching assessment

Deal reached on US chemical regulation reform

20 May 2016 News and Analysis

Modernisation of America’s outdated Toxic Substances Control Act agreed, and expected to be signed into law imminently 

Audience reactions alter cinema atmosphere

20 May 2016 News and Analysis

The emotional content of a film affects the skin and breath volatiles given off by cinema goers

New €85 million catalysis centre opens in Munich

19 May 2016 News and Analysis

German hub will bring together 75 interdisciplinary teams to crack toughest catalysis problems

Chemical plant safety plan deemed insufficient

19 May 2016 News and Analysis

Former head of Environmental Protection Agency says plan to keep US chemical facilities safe needs strengthening

Call to address gender issues in UK higher education

17 May 2016 News and Analysis

More women are taking degrees than men, but women remain poorly represented in STEM subjects and senior academic positions

Insider trading scandal topples head of Taiwan’s top research body

16 May 2016 News and Analysis

President of umbrella organisation overseeing 24 research institutions caught up in investigation into offloading of biotech shares prior to poor results

Extent of Massachusetts lab’s forensics failure revealed

13 May 2016 News and Analysis

State chemist stole from reference standards to feed a habit, raising doubts over thousands of criminal cases

RCUK launches diversity action plan

11 May 2016 News and Analysis

Research Councils UK will consider diversity targets for make-up of councils and giving peer reviewers unconscious bias training

Hormone injections to tackle Beijing’s catkin woes

10 May 2016 News and Analysis

Chinese authorities are using plant growth regulators in the fight against urban fluff

Audit reveals ‘Europe’s MIT’ mired in problems

10 May 2016 News and Analysis

European Institute of Innovation and Technology troubled since its inception seven years ago

Australia opens £80 million nanoscience hub

9 May 2016 News and Analysis

University of Sydney has unveiled the country’s first purpose-built nanoscience institute

UK open to microbead ban if EU fails to act

6 May 2016 News and Analysis

Government may act unilaterally amid growing evidence of environmental problems

Brazil joins race to commercialise graphene

6 May 2016 News and Analysis

A new graphene and nanomaterials research centre, known as MackGraphe, has officially opened in São Paulo

Image manipulation in biomedical papers is commonplace

6 May 2016 News and Analysis

Almost 4% of pictures in papers surveyed over past 20 years contain evidence of tampering

Lack of data on BPA exposure in developing countries

4 May 2016 News and Analysis

Few studies focus on developing countries where regulations around BPA use are less strict

Spain's largest research institution benefits from economic recovery

3 May 2016 News and Analysis

The CSIC doubles the number of permanent scientist posts that it will create this year