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Biden thrills US research community with his science ‘dream team’


The new US president has elevated the role of science in the White House

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Margarita Salas: the marquesa of molecular biology


Hayley Bennett celebrates the Spanish biochemist who flourished during the Franco era

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Cultivating the research group garden


Nurturing chemists will soon bear fruit

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Royal Society of Chemistry retracts 70 fake ‘paper mill’ articles


Extensive investigations found systematic production of fraudulent research

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Old drugs prove their worth against Covid-19 as search continues for life-saving therapies


Thousands of patients have now taken part in trials around the world that have helped sift hope from hype

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Can chemistry thaw the vaccine cold chain?


Covid-19 has highlighted the challenges of storing vaccines at their proper temperature. Angeli Mehta explores how scientists are trying to protect vaccines from heat degradation

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MIT nanotechnologist arrested for hiding his ties to China


The head of an MIT nanoengineering lab who worked at the university for decades is accused of grant fraud and faces up to 30 years in jail

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Imposters hijack journal’s peer review process to publish substandard papers


Scammers set up fake institutional email accounts to deceive a chemistry publication’s editorial team

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How many water molecules make a droplet?


Water molecules behave like bulk water when surrounded by a sea of 20 others

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Colour-changing coating can diagnose damage to climbing ropes or safety equipment


Heat and friction changes appearance of metal-based coating

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Electric fields flick the quantum-tunnelling switch in cold reactions


Reaction kinetics affected by direction of external electric field under cryogenic conditions

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The hole story of how cage molecules could transform synthesis and separation


Chemists are getting to grips with how to put molecules inside other molecules and how this could protect highly reactive reagents and create enzyme-like catalysts

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Vibrational energy antenna offers ‘a completely new way to run a reaction’


First infrared analogue to natural light-harvesting systems drives isomerisation

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Chemistry pedagogy for a modern world

  • LGBT+ inclusivity – Building a better chemistry culture

  • Celebrating Black History Month

  • Trust in peer review

Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • 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

  • Eunice Foote: the mother of climate change

  • Jimmy Robinson and the atom bomb elements

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How rubber is bouncing back


From their colonial roots to future alternatives, Kit Chapman looks at the chemistry of natural elastomers

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2020: the year the world changed


Andy Extance discovers how scientists around the world have responded to the pandemic, working on solutions from drugs and vaccines to hand sanitiser and PPE

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Sustainable Covid-19 protection


Discarding our pandemic face masks could be an environmental disaster. Clare Sansom looks at the alternatives

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How does a cell know what kind of cell it should be?


Philip Ball investigates how cells use condensed ‘blobs’ to collect the molecules involved in regulating genes

  • Faster drug discovery and optimisation with physics-based computational methods

  • Good practices in data analytics