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More IP disputes for Chinese chemical firms

Two major suppliers to China’s tyre industry are involved in mutual espionage accusations

UK research needs an independent integrity body

A government report has said that the oversight of UK research integrity is ‘unsatisfactory’

European research funding rises 9 per cent

New materials, health and energy are some of the biggest beneficiaries in the latest European funding round

Archetypal lewis acid borane turned into a base

Carbenes stabilise an electron-rich borane centre to create a potential new class of ligands for transition metal catalysts

Spotlight on polymerisation to repair damaged faces

A chemical mix that can be injected under the skin and polymerised using light could help repair facial injuries

Spinning webs to catch indoor pollutants

A 3D polyamide net structure as a highly sensitive sensor for detecting formaldehyde

Tequila for your fuel tank

A plant normally used to make tequila could also be used as a replacement for petrol

UK government sets aside 1000 places for top researchers
The Royal Society will help to choose which top non-EU scientists can work in the UK

Lawsuits muddy the waters for fluorescent whiteners
Disputes over the toxicity of fluorescent whitening agents in washing detergents lead to lawsuits in China

Granting wishes for researchers
Rafael Luque discusses funding for early stage researchers and the importance of green chemistry with Anna Simpson

Research council to pick favourites to receive UK chemistry funding
A policy shakeup will see the EPSRC decide which areas of chemistry to fund

Former Royal Society of Chemistry chief executive dies
Richard Pike, who led the RSC for five years and saw membership rise to record levels, has died at the age of 61

BBC science is ‘high quality’ but has weaknesses
The BBC Trust’s review of the corporation’s science reporting finds that marginal opinions get too much airtime

Transparent lithium ion batteries make electricity generating windows possible

Materials scientists have made transparent batteries by making electrodes so fine they are invisible to the naked eye

Dow and Aramco launch $20bn chemical project
The companies have approved a massive integrated chemical complex to be built in Jubail, Saudi Arabia

DNA toxic gas detector

Four sensing molecules that replace base pairs on a DNA backbone can be used to differentiate between a mixture of toxic gases

Glucose meter adapted to detect a range of targets

DNA’s ability to recognise multiple targets has been exploited to turn personal glucose meters into a universal sensor

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