Caterpillar eating leaf

How do plants sense stress?


How does an organism without a brain or a nervous system sense when it’s under attack? Hayley Bennett presents the plant world’s strange yet sophisticated system for responding to wounding

Chat GPT

The promise and pitfalls of generative AI for research


As ChatGPT co-authorship on research paper climbs, there are new concerns about the impact such AI tools could have on science

Jeremy Hunt and the budget

Budget announcement short on big plans for UK science and technology

By Maria Burke

Pledges made on tax credits, tech hubs and quantum computing fail to impress

UKRI strikes

Budget day strikes hit science facilities across the UK


Industrial action across the country saw research institutes forced to close or cut services

Albert Bourla

Pfizer to buy cancer biotech Seagen for $43 billion


Antibody-drug conjugate specialist will fill Pfizer’s cancer pipeline

Drinking water

US finally set for nationwide regulation of PFAS in drinking water


EPA proposes standards for six PFAS compounds, and four will have limits based on cumulative effects

Joe Biden talking about the budget

Biden’s latest budget gets a mixed reaction from the science community


White House has proposed 2% funding increase for basic research and the NIH, but NSF and others would fare very well

Woman sniffing perfume stick

Fragrance firms face coordinated cartel probe


Givaudan, Firmenich, Symrise and IFF raided by competition authorities


Water works as medium for reactions that reduce carboxylic acids


Catalytic system works on a wide range of acid substrates and doesn’t require precious metals or air and moisture intolerant reagents

Chemistry laboratory

Machine learning ecosystem evolves MOF design


Mofdscribe handles all stages from collecting data to evaluating performance


New example of molecular chirality discovered


The first instance of a molecule in which an oxygen atom is the sole stereocentre has been reported


AI identifies molecules from their featureless visible spectrum


Forget about trying to interpret peaks and let machine learning identify organic compounds from their entirely smooth visible spectrum

A D-RNA structure reflacted as an L-RNA structure in a mirror

Study challenges assumptions over how l-oligonucleotides behave in living systems


L-oligonucleotides are potentially cytotoxic but some could have unexpected therapeutic benefits

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • The roadmap to a sustainable future for polymers

  • Themed collection: Sustainable Laboratories

  • The Sustainable Laboratories report

  • Sustainability applies to all polymers, not just plastics

Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • Betty Wright Harris’s explosive career

  • Masataka Ogawa and the search for nipponium

  • Elizabeth Fulhame, the 18th century chemistry pioneer who faded from history

  • William Knox, the only Black supervisor in the Manhattan Project

  • Margaret Melhase Fuchs and the radioactive isotope


Nuclear material disposal

The long future of nuclear waste


Although enthusiasm for atomic energy has waxed and waned over the decades, Bárbara Pinho finds the question of waste has yet to be solved

Digital protein

Changing the game in protein structure prediction


Have AlphaFold and other machine learning techniques essentially solved the formerly fiendish problem, or is there still more to be done? Clare Sansom reports

Wood texture

The wonderful wizards of wood


Clever chemistry can turn humble timber into a sustainable material with many uses, Kit Chapman finds


Mission to Uranus


With no spacecraft visiting the ice giants for over 30 years, Anthony King speaks to the planetary scientists planning a return visit

  • Uranus: exploring the ice-cold chemistry of the ‘frozen frontier’