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Feature

The high price of a suntan

Skin cancer is on the rise in many countries around the world, but so are the methods to treat it. Bárbara Pinho reports

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Opinion

Using XRF to uncover the secrets of three Irish chalices

Investigating a medieval manufacturing mystery

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Research

Redox reactions ‘mine’ old fluorescent light bulbs for europium

In just three simple steps rare earth element can be recovered, avoiding ‘ecologically devastating’ mining

20 years portraits

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20 years. 20 chemists. 20 stories.

How has chemistry changed in the last two decades?

Synthetic data

Feature

Why are computational chemists making up their data?

‘Synthetic data’ is being used in chemistry, but is it something we should worry about? Hayley Bennett explains

Double slit diffraction

A common misunderstanding about wave-particle duality

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Instead of treating quantum particles as shape-shifters, we should think in terms of probability distributions

The chemical structure of (–)-biploaride D

(–)-Bipolarolide D

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A rare example of a [6 + 2]-cycloaddition

Three ornate chalices in a row

Using XRF to uncover the secrets of three Irish chalices

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Investigating a medieval manufacturing mystery

People on a balance

Everyone belongs in the chemical sciences

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Speaking up to make our workplaces more inclusive

Remembering Flixborough: 50 years on from one of the chemical industry’s deadliest disasters

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The legacy of one of the UK’s worst industrial accidents is a safer industry

Letters: June 2024

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Readers find answers in industry, celebrate Eiji Osawa and continue the Z-DNA debate

A post-Flixborough risk assessment

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In the last 50 years, attitudes to safety have improved so that first-hand experience of lab incidents is now rare

Will science ever reach an end?

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While the rate of discoveries in any field may slow over time, the frontier creeps ever further

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News

Colourant chemistry identifies ancient Greek workshop for Tyrian purple

Dye favoured by royalty was produced at site 3600 years ago

Robert Mokaya

News

Next president of the Royal Society of Chemistry will be Robert Mokaya

University of Nottingham chemist will begin his tenure in 2026

News

Gender equality report highlights progress and challenges for women in research

41% of the world’s researchers are female, but women are underrepresented as authors of papers and patents

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LGBTQ+ in Stem: Using data to foster inclusion – Part 2

Join us on 18 July for the 2nd part of this series to learn about factors affecting attrition and retention of LGBTQ+ scientists

Opinion

Using XRF to uncover the secrets of three Irish chalices

Investigating a medieval manufacturing mystery

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LGBTQ+ in Stem: Using data to foster inclusion – Part 2

Join us on 18 July for the 2nd part of this series to learn about factors affecting attrition and retention of LGBTQ+ scientists

20 years portraits

20 years. 20 chemists. 20 stories.

How has chemistry changed in the last two decades?

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LGBTQ+ in Stem: Using data to foster inclusion – Part 1

Learn how UK and US institutions are working together to improve inclusivity in Stem – join us 2 July

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How to choose a university chemistry course

Five tips to help you find the best undergraduate course for you