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Anions enjoy a taste of pi
Researchers capture the rare moment when an anion interacts with the pi electron cloud of an aromatic system

Comment: Cooperation, collaboration and compromise
The UK’s scientific community will have to change its strategy if it is to build a fruitful relationship with the new coalition government, says Diana Garnham

Powerful pocket sized NMR magnets
Arrays of mini magnet chunks can be manipulated to make strong and sensitive magnets for nuclear magnetic resonance

Spicing up drug screening
A method for quick identification of potential illegal components in commercial herbal products has been developed by UK scientists

Interview: Nanoscale superhero
Francesco Stellacci talks about trying to save the world with nanoscience, Japanese cartoon heroes and photography

Molecular robots on nano-assembly lines
Teams of automated programmable molecular robots working together on nanoscale assembly lines are one step closer, say US scientists

Tying up spider silk’s loose ends
The way spider silk proteins can be stored as a fluid but spun instantly into fibres is all down to their end parts, research suggests

Nanotecture powers up
Nanotecture is gearing up to commercialise a new nanoporous material that it believes will find uses in a wide range of electricity storage applications

UK under new management
The UK finally has a government – but what will the Tory-Lib Dem coalition mean for science?

Copper detection in cells
A dye that can be used to detect copper in living cells could be used to help avoid medical problems such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

Lego-like gene delivery system is child’s play
Functionalised gold nanoparticles make a more efficient and versatile delivery system for use in gene therapy and cancer treatment

Chinese chemical sector an energy saving powerhouse
Report suggests China’s chemical sector is leading the nation’s energy saving efforts and could promote further emission reductions

Nanocomposites get in shape
A material that rapidly heats up and changes shape when connected to a battery has been developed by US scientists

Chemical secrets of dinobird revealed
High-speed chemical imaging of prehistoric feather and bone confirm the link between dinosaurs and modern birds, say scientists

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