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2AP (2-acetyl-1-pyrroline)


Frances Addison on the aromatic compound found in both buttered popcorn and the bearcat’s scent glands, and responsible for the distinctive smell of both

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Scrambling and gambling to scale up Covid-19 medicines


Organisations work towards making billions of doses of products not yet proven to work

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Chemistry’s reproducibility crisis that you’ve probably never heard of


Legacy issues are posing important questions for scientific software developers

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Explainer: how is the vaccine pipeline for Covid-19 looking?


The race to develop a vaccine is almost six months old. Who’s in the lead?

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EU science programme will be hurt by Brexit but will survive


Network analysis suggests excellent science pillar of Horizon framework will be hardest hit 

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Roadmap plans route out of pandemic purgatory for UK research


Ambition applauded by science community but researchers yet to be sold on its substance

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Fears that US clampdown on student visas will hamstring nation’s research


The country’s universities could suffer if restrictions aren’t eased soon

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CRUK warns of £150m cut to research funding


Charity calls for government support as coronavirus hits fundraising efforts

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Does tweeting about research attract more citations?


Maybe a little, but don’t count on it  

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Mechanical force used to trigger isomerisation in 3D molecule


An atomically sharp scanning tunnelling microscope tip has been used to control the isomerisation of a butterfly-shaped compound

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Bright blue radical lives on for months in chicken feed and urea solution


Deep eutectic solvents can tame methyl viologen radical used in self-dimming windows

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Computational method challenges NMR metabolomics dogma


Macromolecule signal suppression without the loss of quantitative small molecule information finally achieved with mathematical trick

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Unnatural reaction benefits from computational tool that teaches an old enzyme new tricks


Method could generate artificial enzymes that are more suitable for directed evolution

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Ultrasound makes nano-waves, generating ‘green’ radicals


Chemical engineers use high-frequency soundwaves to dissociate water without catalysts or electrolytes

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Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • Barbara Low, penicillin and the protein pi helix

  • Alice Ball’s treatment for leprosy

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Metalloenzyme mastery


There are natural metalloenzymes that make difficult chemistry look easy. James Mitchell Crow talks to the bioinorganic chemists figuring out how to copy them

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Clearing the air


Nina Notman explores the role technology can play in cleaning pollutants out of air before we breathe them in

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The difficulties of drugging our brains


Following the withdrawal of many large pharma companies from central nervous system research, Andy Extance finds new drug development patterns are emerging 

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Supporting the chemistry community


The Chemists’ Community Fund – formerly the Benevolent Fund – has been helping people for 100 years. Rachel Brazil looks at how it works, now it may be more needed than ever before

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