Joshua Howgego


A scientist, a designer and a visual engineer walk into a bar… OK, sorry, this isn’t really an addition to our list of chemistry jokes. Instead this unlikely trio have published a paper in Wiley’s Advanced Materials explaining how to create effective figures in scientific papers.

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A 40,000 mile wide planet composed entirely of diamond has been discovered orbiting a pulsar in deep space. (more…)

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FDA approves skin cancer drug Zelboraf – Pfizer site at Sandwich becomes part of new ’Enterprise Zone’  – And vaccine markets on the up (more…)

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The results of this year’s National Student Survey, published today, show that the employment prospects for chemistry graduates are mixed. While around 80 per cent of chemistry graduates from ’top’ universities like Durham, Imperial and Oxford quickly find good jobs, the results are worse elsewhere. The figures appear to be worrying for the University of Edinburgh and University College London, from which only just over half of graduates were in appropriate level jobs six months after completing their courses. (more…)

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Fierce debate has erupted in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) over a phenomenon known as the anomeric effect. The controversy reminds us once again that while observations are usually verifiable, interpreting results is something all scientists need to play a part in. (more…)

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A recent piece of correspondence from an anonymous reader has provoked a lively discussion among Chemistry World staff. (more…)

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Dow has Olympic stadium all wrapped up – Toray Industries report doubling of profits – Ex-Pfizer R&D chief condemns company mergers as damaging for drug research (more…)

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MS drug fails late stage clinical trials - Contractors at fault in chemical fire – And Dow to pay $2.5 million to settle pollution violations (more…)

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You’d normally think of fingerprints as just a means of identifying criminals. Important as that is, the marks also contain a wealth of chemical residues which could give access to the sort of clues that would make Inspector Lestrade salivate.

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A big new source of uranium in India? – A nicotine addiction vaccine flops – And the EU sets out how biofuels are to be certified (more…)

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