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‘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

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

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

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

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

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

Tufts’ $2.6bn drug development figure questioned

5 December 2014 News and Analysis

Details sought about how university determined cost of bringing a drug to market jumped 145% since 2003

Physicist turned politician to head AAAS

5 December 2014 News and Analysis

Retiring Representative Rush Holt will assume the helm of AAAS in February and wants to see US science funding boosted

Plan to divert EU research cash into investment fund gets chilly response from scientists

4 December 2014 News and Analysis

European commission president wants to shift €2.7 billion to bolster weak economies

Cash for science in autumn statement given cautious welcome

4 December 2014 News and Analysis

UK chancellor plans to create a 'nothern powerhouse' for research while the community awaits further details

Ebola vaccine passes first safety hurdle

3 December 2014 News and Analysis

Researchers hope to begin larger trials of its effectiveness in west Africa soon

US moves to tighten ozone limits

2 December 2014 News and Analysis

Industry and Republicans pushback against the EPA’s proposal to strengthen air quality standards

Eleventh hour reprieve for world-class Canadian NMR facility

2 December 2014 News and Analysis

Last minute deal staves off closure but details have yet to be hammered out

Hard questions after litany of forensic failures at US labs

1 December 2014 News and Analysis

An apparent upsurge in malpractice at forensics crime labs has prompted calls for tighter oversight and controls

Obama acts to attract non-US scientists and engineers

27 November 2014 News and Analysis

President takes action to make it easier for scientists and engineers born abroad to work and stay in the US

Gates Foundation champions open access

26 November 2014 News and Analysis

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will require research it funds to be published open access from next year

US approves low acrylamide spud

25 November 2014 News and Analysis

The first genetically modified potato that produces less acrylamide has been granted approval in the US

China looks to alternative hydrocarbons to fuel its future

24 November 2014 News and Analysis

Ambitious plans to exploit shale and gas hydrates are in the works but technical and environmental challenges remain

China poised to become top science spender

21 November 2014 News and Analysis

Budgetary pressures on EU, Japan and the US have positioned China to be the highest R&D funder by around 2019, OECD says

US drug development costs surge

20 November 2014 News and Analysis

The price of developing new prescription drugs in the US has increased 145% since 2003, Tufts data shows

Feud opens up over value of some US research

20 November 2014 News and Analysis

Top science committee Republican in fight with university association over NSF grant review process

UC Davis chemist sentenced to four years over explosion

19 November 2014 News and Analysis

Postdoc sentenced over attempt to make explosive device and reckless disposal of hazardous waste

Hopes Sino–US climate deal will spur global action in 2015

17 November 2014 News and Analysis

Historic agreement will see curbs on carbon dioxide and China push to reach peak emissions sooner