The joy of discovery for plant hunters

Kew for Working Lives. Dr Maria Vorontsova, Grass Taxonomist, studies Andropogon itremoensis Voronts. Collected in Madagascar in 2012, the existence of this species is evidence in favour of the natural origin of central Madagascan grasslands. Before it was thought the grasslands were anthropogenic

Careful botanists have replaced the adventurers of the past

Quantum raises £106.1m ahead of Aim IPO

Medicines maker set to start trading on December 11

United Technologies chief in surprise exit

Chenevert gives no reasons for sudden departure

Green debate hots up over private sector

Large technological interventions raise moral dilemmas governments must face, writes Anjana Ahuja

Public sector urged to back innovators

R&D spending not being used to help create new lines, says report

Graphene investors take bite at market

Wonder material developed in Manchester set to go into dentures

Goldman leads $15m big data investment

Lender is largest investor in financial analytics start-up Kensho

Regulatory concerns hold back 3D printing

Proving printed products are safe is delaying adoption

Minister races to boost medicines

Aim is to accelerate innovation while lowering costs for industry

Carl Djerassi: father of the contraceptive pill

The chemist-turned-novelist and playwright explains why he believes egg freezing is the future

Surgeons embrace 3D printed implants

Advances mean technology has bigger role to play in healthcare

West cannot afford Iran to turn to Russia

It is vital a comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear programme is reached

Bankers lie for financial gain, says study

Experiments show ‘prevailing culture in the industry undermines honesty’

Comet probe ‘sniffed’ organic molecules

Analysis of Philae data needed to establish complexity of compounds

Toyota bets on hydrogen technology

The Mirai, meaning ‘future’, to be released in December

Eco project takes urine seriously

Scheme funded by Gates Foundation to provide ‘green’ phone charging

Space junk or Russian satellite killer?

A mysterious object launched by the military is perplexing astronomers

Allergan takeover about more than price

$66bn offer for Botox maker a fight for soul of modern pharma

Uncertain future for business schools

Technology embedded in Moocs is real threat to MBA programmes

Philae sends back comet data before going into hibernation

Race against time to send findings home as lander’s solar batteries drain after landing in shady crevice

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