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How Covid gave the world a lesson in tackling air pollution

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The pandemic has given atmospheric chemists the opportunity to study pollution and carbon emissions like never before

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Drink, drugs and disease: the chemistry of breath tests

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From roadside tests to diagnosing Covid-19, Clare Sansom looks at how breathalysers have developed

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The growing problem of pesticide resistance

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Weeds and other plant pests can no longer be controlled by chemicals as easily as they could. Bárbara Pinho talks to the scientists finding solutions

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US food agency targets ‘toxic elements’ in baby food

2021-04-15T13:51:00+01:00

Strategy will focus on lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium 

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Government clears merger of SinoChem and ChemChina

2021-04-15T09:21:00+01:00

China’s chemicals giants will unite under a state-run holding company

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Universities pass UK research assessment stress test during tough times

2021-04-14T13:58:00+01:00

Pandemic hampered submissions for REF but extension provided breathing space institutions needed

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Biden’s science budget for 2022 pleases US research community

2021-04-13T13:30:00+01:00

White House requests big funding increases for research agencies

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Making supercritical fluid extraction affordable with Nova Extraction

2021-04-13T08:35:00+01:00

London-based duo wants this powerful technique to be cheaper and more widely accessible

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Geochemists uncover evidence of massive Antarctic meteorite explosion 430,000 years ago

2021-04-16T08:30:00+01:00

Airburst event spread material across most of Antarctica

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Three-centre single-electron bond caught in a cage

2021-04-16T08:03:00+01:00

Fullerene cage stabilises bond never before seen in lanthanide chemistry

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Ion trapping desalination membrane fishes out valuable materials

2021-04-15T18:02:00+01:00

Selectively trapping toxic or useful ions could reduce toxicity of brine waste and offset costs

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Greener plastic made from leftover fish guts and bones

2021-04-15T13:52:00+01:00

Canadian researchers make a polyurethane-like polymer from oils

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Easy and efficient entropies for everyone

2021-04-14T13:06:00+01:00

Conformational analysis package gains ability to automatically evaluate entropy

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Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • Mary Sherman Morgan: The best kept secret in the space race

  • Julia Lermontova: an early pioneer

  • Margarita Salas: the marquesa of molecular biology

  • Sylvia Stoesser – the first female chemist at Dow

  • Martin Gouterman: the gay man behind the four-orbital model

  • Stefanie Horovitz – the woman behind the isotope

  • Marguerite Perey and the last element in nature

  • Ghanaian biochemistry TV star Marian Addy

  • Barbara Low, penicillin and the protein pi helix

  • Alice Ball’s treatment for leprosy

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Smart tattoos are keeping tabs on our health

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Nina Notman takes a snapshot of the burgeoning field of health and fitness monitoring tattoos and patches

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Getting to the root of soil nitrogen

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The farming industry’s reliance on nitrogen compounds is altering the environment, but Ian Le Guillou finds a better understanding of the interplay between plants and microbes could help to reduce the impact

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Flow chemistry surges forward

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The long-discussed technique could help make pharma manufacturing more distributed, finds Andy Extance, and create opportunities for chemists with the right skills

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Sustainable solar power

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Getting energy from the sun isn’t renewable until the panels are recyclable. James Mitchell Crow talks to the scientists making it happen

  • Smarter experimentation for scientists and engineers

  • Should we design biodegradable plastics?

  • Computational acceleration of novel organic electronic materials development