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February 2016


Multipipette in lab

Moving fluids with sound

Cath O'Driscoll, July 2016
Laboratory micropipettes have been the standard technology for transferring fluids between sample vessels for decades. But now it seems they are being superseded by a new technology – using sound waves.



Data farming

Cath O'Driscoll, July 2016
Farming is a risky business. And it’s getting riskier, says Tobias Menne, business lead for digital farming at Bayer’s Crop Science division. ‘The risks for farmers are growing,’ Menne says, ‘because of the need for increased productivity, regulations, weather extremes brought about by climate change and current volatility on commodity prices.’


Water, water everywhereApril 26, 2016



Kevin Burgess, July 2016
There are places on protein surfaces where a given small molecule fits. The fit may not be ideal, the selectivity for that region over other potential binding sites might not be high, but rough compatibility is unsurprising.


How to win a Nobel prize

Michael Gross, July 2016
The Nobel prizes, as the most prestigious awards covering the sciences, are often discussed and analysed in great detail. Who wins, who misses out, and how do they reflect inequalities in opportunity to honour world-class scientists?


ECHA reports

Neil Eisberg, July 2016
Chemical companies will be relieved to hear that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is not recommending any major changes for the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) or the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures.


Movers & shakers

July 2016
Jonathan Seville
Jonathan Seville, executive dean of the faculty of engineering and physical sciences at the University of Surrey, is the new president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). He succeeds Andrew Jamieson. Also at the IChemE, chief executive David Brown has stepped down


Smart industrialisation

Stan Higgins, July 2016
During the 20th century, many chemical manufacturing locations underwent significant fragmentation. This was particularly prevalent in Western economies where the break-up of traditional conglomerate organisations was driven by the dubious ‘customer focus’ mantra of well-paid, self-interested, business consultants