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Scientists reveal it's raining diamonds on Neptune

Added: 21 Aug 2017

While the earth has experienced freak rainstorms of fish, frogs and even golfballs, its sister plan…

SHALE

GMB hits back at claims UK shale gas reserves are 'overhyped'

Added: 17 Aug 2017

The GMB union has dismissed speculation by a UK professor that the country's shale gas reserves are…

trade

Government customs union plan draws mixed reaction from industry

Added: 15 Aug 2017

The government’s plan for an interim customs union with the EU has drawn a mixed reaction from memb…

Tata Steel

Tata Steel incurs £1m penalty after toxic substances release

Added: 14 Aug 2017

Tata Steel UK has incurred a £1 million fine following an incident in which toxic and flammable sub…

Sellafield nuclear facility

Two unions to hold strike ballots over ‘unacceptable’ Sellafield pay increase

Added: 10 Aug 2017

Unite and GMB are holding strike ballots over a “completely unacceptable” pay increase offer that w…

DNA

Synthetic biology start-ups doubled every five years in UK

Added: 10 Aug 2017

The number of synthetic biology start-ups in the UK between 2000 and 2016 has doubled every five ye…

Lawrence Waterman, Chairman of British Safety Council

Lawrence Waterman succeeds Lynda Armstrong as British Safety Council chairman

Added: 7 Aug 2017

Lawrence Waterman has been appointed as the new chairman of the British Safety Council, following L…

Eurofins’ new £4 million laboratory brings testing under one roof

Added: 4 Aug 2017

Work has finished on Eurofins’ new high-tech laboratory site for testing water and pharmaceutical p…

Nuclear fuel rods, Sellafield, UK

Government hands Amec Foster Wheeler £2.9m nuclear research contract

Added: 3 Aug 2017

The government has appointed Amec Foster Wheeler to lead a £2.9 million nuclear power research prog…

Manufacturing Barometer

Exports increase prompts growth in UK manufacturing

Added: 1 Aug 2017

UK manufacturing was boosted last month thanks to improved export performance, according to the lat…

BP oil field north sea

BP records second quarter profits of $684m amid ‘solid’ half-year results

Added: 1 Aug 2017

Oil and gas giant BP has recorded net profits of $684 million (£517m) during the second quarter of …

Laboratory contamination

Reduced demand prompts closure of Staffordshire’s council-run laboratory

Added: 31 Jul 2017

One of the last local authority-run laboratories in England is to be closed with the loss of 16 pos…

North Sea offshore oil and gas

UK offshore oil and gas safety record improving says report

Added: 27 Jul 2017

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry has reported its lowest ever incidence of so-called ‘dangero…

Water treatment firm hit with fine after worker fall

Added: 27 Jul 2017

Icon Process Systems, which manufactures water treatment systems, has been fined after an employee …

batteries

Government launches first phase of £246m battery technology challenge

Added: 25 Jul 2017

The government has announced the launch of a £246 million fund designed to establish the UK as a wo…

CBI and EEF reports reveal upturn in UK manufacturing performance

Added: 25 Jul 2017

Reports from the CBI and EEF published this week suggest that manufacturing output in the UK is imp…

Sellafield nuclear facility

Sellafield firefighters postpone strike action

Added: 20 Jul 2017

Firefighters at Sellafield nuclear facility have suspended plans to strike for two days in July.

GSK Ware

GSK pulls out of Ulverston biopharma plans amid major manufacturing shake-up

Added: 19 Jul 2017

Pharmaceutical giant GSK has announced plans to overhaul its manufacturing network in the UK, but s…

fire firemen

Pay dispute escalates as Sellafield firefighters call second day of strikes

Added: 18 Jul 2017

Firefighters at Sellafield nuclear facility have confirmed they will strike for a second day due to…

icheme skills graduates

Work experience ‘more reliable’ than socio-economic background in chemical engineering, report finds

Added: 17 Jul 2017

Work experience is ‘more reliable’ than socio-economic background when predicting employment potent…