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Chief scientific advisers ignored by UK government
House of Lords says that science advisers need to be given funding and access to ministers

Anti-open access bill suffers sudden death
Legislation to block open access publishing of US taxpayer-funded research loses backing of Elsevier and its congressional sponsors

Piezoelectricity improves solar cell efficiency
Scientists explain how solar cell efficiency can be improved using the piezophototronic effect

Nanowires heading in the right direction
Scientists have been able to control polymer self-assembly to get the nanowires they want

Reach dossiers failing on data
Companies registering chemicals in Europe are providing incorrect or insufficient data is majority of cases

Roaming reactions double up in atmospheric chemistry
The hitherto elusive mechanism that underlies the atmospheric photochemistry of nitrogen(VI) oxide has been unravelled by chemists

Quicklime provides a hot way for rapid HIV detection
Device can detect HIV at an early stage and is simple enough to be used in the field

Healthier sausages
Hard saturated fat in foods could be replaced by a gel without compromising on texture

Austrian institute hits the funding big time
The IST Austria is set to receive one billion euros in funding prompting some complaints of government favouritism

Leak suggests Dow hired firm to follow Bhopal activists
Hacked emails indicate Dow hired intelligence companies to monitor Bhopal victims groups pressing for compensation

Can arsenic bind to bacterial DNA?
Contrary to accepted wisdom, scientists claim that arsenic could replace phosphorus in the DNA backbone and remain stable in water

Graphene stymies body’s efforts to expel it
Researchers discover that once graphene enters the lungs the immune system has trouble getting rid of it

Observing charge distribution in molecules
Microscopists have mapped the distribution of charge across a single organic molecule for the first time

Bending carbonyl reactivity rules
A method for reducing a ketone or ester in the presence of an aldehyde bypasses the standard carbonyl reactivity hierarchy

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