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Almac to hire 500 in next year

The Northern Ireland based company has increased its workforce six fold in the last 5 years to over 3000

Graphene and zeolite team up for catalysis

Graphene enhances the photocatalytic activity of zeolites

Graphene robot has some smooth moves

Scientists have added a graphene layer to a polyethylene actuator to convert IR into energy to move the actuator

Complex organic matter may have been found beyond the Solar System

Scientists in Hong Kong pick up traces of chemical structures similar to coal and oil

Europe risks being outstripped by R&D rivals

Investment in R&D by top European firms grew by 6 per cent last year, but competitors are growing faster

Dismissing gatekeepers for enhanced nerve control

A calcium-ion absorbing coating could improve electrodes being used to treat conditions such as epilepsy

US STEM graduates look beyond science for careers
Nearly half of Americans with STEM degrees have left the field 10 years later, a new report finds

Carbon nanotubes detect DNA ‘flipping out’
Epigenetic modification of DNA can be spotted by measuring changes in its conductance

Dirty pots reveal ancient fish suppers
Isotope ratios and fatty acids residues in ancient pottery indicate that Europeans carried on fishing after farming began

UK government pulls the plug on CCS plant

The UK’s first large scale carbon capture and storage scheme has been binned with the government blaming technical problems

US universities’ lab safety under new scrutiny

US Chemical Safety Board ‘greatly concerned’ by frequency of academic lab accidents, recommends nationwide reporting system

Clicking together cultural niches

Click reactions have been used to control cells’ culture media to study cellular processes in greater detail

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