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Fears UK government scientists could be gagged by new rules

31 March 2015 News and Analysis

Civil service code changes mean government employees need ministerial permission to speak to the press

US Chemical Safety Board chairman resigns

31 March 2015 News and Analysis

Resignation follows accusation of mismangement and exposure of whistleblowers

Scientists raise concern over fast-track peer review scheme

31 March 2015 News and Analysis

Payment scheme for expedited review leads one editor of Scientific Reports to resign

Time spent assessing research impact was worthwhile

30 March 2015 News and Analysis

Report claims wider impact of academic work was fairly determined for UK's Research Excellence Framework

Spending targets for German R&D lack ambition

25 March 2015 News and Analysis

Expert commission says Germany can do better than goal of investing 3% of GDP on R&D by 2015

Chemists in demand as cannabis industry experiences explosive growth

24 March 2015 News and Analysis

Legalisation of marijuana in some US states is fuelling demand for analytical specialists

Reform of US chemical safety rules back on

24 March 2015 News and Analysis

Bipartisan bill to revamp the US Toxic Substances Control Act is backed by the chemical industry and even a major environmental group

UK budget science cash given cautious welcome

19 March 2015 News and Analysis

Government announces new money for research, but scientists say more needs to be done

Split opens up on Capitol Hill over science funding

19 March 2015 News and Analysis

Criticism of research grants and a power shift in Congress spark concern that budgets and independence will be cut

Data falsification hits polymer mechanochemistry papers

16 March 2015 News and Analysis

Misconduct by member of Christopher Bielawski’s group has led to several retractions

Titanium dioxide removed from Dunkin' Donuts sugar

13 March 2015 News and Analysis

Parent company agrees to remove whitener from icing sugar used on its doughnuts after public campaign

State of Europe’s environment scrutinised

11 March 2015 News and Analysis

European Environment Agency voices environmental concerns, but says progress has been made

US chemical safety board in turmoil

10 March 2015 News and Analysis

The US agency that investigates chemical accidents faces heavy criticism, and its chairman is under pressure to resign

Royal Society to address gender imbalance

9 March 2015 News and Analysis

Society will encourage more women to apply for awards after 'unacceptable' success rate in 2014

US universities back new bill to curb patent trolls

6 March 2015 News and Analysis

Academic research community endorses competing legislation as harmless to university tech transfer

US health agencies expands open access policy

6 March 2015 News and Analysis

Move will add 110,000 new papers to PubMed every year

Scientists left unimpressed by Indian budget

6 March 2015 News and Analysis

7.5% funding boost for science and technology fails to offset cuts of more than 20% last year

‘Pee power’ urinal trialled on university campus

5 March 2015 News and Analysis

Microbial fuel cells that run on urine could be used to light toilet blocks in refugee camps

Forgotten synthetic PhD theses set to be given new lease of life

5 March 2015 News and Analysis

Chemical structures will be harvested from graduate work and analysed for promising drug and materials leads

Butterfly population collapse prompts lawsuit against EPA

5 March 2015 News and Analysis

US agency criticised for failing to investigate link between glyphosate and the dwindling monarch butterfly population

Proposed ozone rule could cut US GDP by $1.7 trillion

3 March 2015 News and Analysis

US manufacturing association report claims tighter ozone standard would carry $1.1 trillion in compliance costs

US universities warn against patent reform proposals

3 March 2015 News and Analysis

Congress is considering legislation that would devastate university technology transfer, more than 140 universities caution

UN proposes Bhopal contamination probe

2 March 2015 News and Analysis

Offer to investigate continuing pollution from the Bhopal disaster 30 years ago awaits Indian government approval

Meteoritic rise of perovskite solar cells under scrutiny over efficiencies

2 March 2015 News and Analysis

Testing procedures and device instability mean performance may be inflated

Traits not technology should govern EU GM laws, MPs say

27 February 2015 News and Analysis

UK science and technology committee says European rules are flawed and need changing