Expressions of concern added to more than 60 articles in chemistry journal

Over 60 articles published by the chemistry journal Chemosphere have had an expression of concern added to them. Reasons given vary from article to article but include unusual changes to the authorship of the article prior to publication, potential citation manipulation, potentially undisclosed conflicts of interest by a reviewer or editor handling the peer-review process […]

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Elevated carbon dioxide lets Sars-CoV-2 live far longer in droplets

The Covid-19 virus is more stable in air containing high levels of carbon dioxide, typical of poorly ventilated indoor spaces, new research claims. This means it lasts longer and is more likely to infect people. Even a moderate rise in carbon dioxide results in a significant increase in the risk of disease transmission, confirming the […]

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Humphry Davy’s whole story – warts and all – deserves to be told

A remarkable project is drawing to a close, one that has given us new insights into the mind of one of history’s greatest chemists: Humphry Davy. Over 3500 volunteers have transcribed 83 notebooks that had been sitting in the archives of the Royal Institution, unable to reach a wider audience. And they give us unprecedented […]

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Integrity specialist has no case to answer over blackmail, extortion allegations, French officials find

French prosecutors have concluded that there is not enough evidence to investigate research integrity specialist Elisabeth Bik over accusations of making threats, extortion and blackmail brought by two high-profile bioscientists. The complaints followed Bik highlighting errors in the scientists’ work that claimed that hydroxychloroquine could treat Covid-19 – something that did not turn out to […]

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‘Late-stage saturation’ could improve drug’s effectiveness

A general and quick strategy for converting complex aromatic building blocks into saturated molecules with improved medicinal properties has been developed. The new approach – called late-stage saturation – opens up opportunities in drug discovery and drug optimisation.1 ‘The production of new medicines depends on the synthetic availability of suitable molecular structures, which usually have […]

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‘Late-state saturation’ could improve drug’s effectiveness

A general and quick strategy for converting complex aromatic building blocks into saturated molecules with improved medicinal properties has been developed. The new approach – called late-stage saturation – opens up opportunities in drug discovery and drug optimisation.1 ‘The production of new medicines depends on the synthetic availability of suitable molecular structures, which usually have […]

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Davy Notebook Project paints complicated picture of influential chemist

As a project to transcribe and digitise dozens of Humphry Davy’s notebooks draws to a close, researchers are piecing together a complicated picture of one of chemistry’s most influential figures. The Davy Notebooks Project, led by academics at Lancaster University, UK, has brought new insight into the life and mind of the celebrated scientist, who […]

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Mathematics and literature, really?

Mathematics and literature ran on parallel tracks throughout much of my life. I fell in love with mathematics, or at least numbers, when I first entered primary school at the age four and I had my nose buried in a piece of literature beginning at the age of three, when I taught myself to read, […]

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