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Perovskites beyond solar cells


From solar cells and LEDs to catalysts and quantum computing, James Mitchell Crow asks if there is anything perovskites can’t do

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Conservators turn to iPads to follow the formation of oil paintings’ ‘art acne’

19 February 2019

Researchers have developed at app to address a chemistry problem plaguing the art world

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Jazzy superconductivity wins 11th Dance your PhD prize

19 February 2019

Annual award sees scientists explain their work through the medium of interpretive dance

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US agencies address foreign recruitment threats

19 February 2019

Amid calls to protect the IP of American research universities and labs, US Department of Energy clamps down on foreign recruitment efforts

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Faculty mindset affects racial achievement gap in Stem subjects

18 February 2019

Racial performance gap is twice as large in Stem classes taught by professors who believe intelligence is inherent and can’t be changed

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Solar cell tries its hand at organic synthesis

19 February 2019

Nitrogen heterocycles can be attached to aromatic compounds in a single step using an iron oxide photocatalyst under visible light

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Chemical analysis reveals origin of Pompeian mosaic tiles

15 February 2019

Work will help to preserve ancient murals

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Microwave process decarbonises fossil fuels and generates hydrogen

15 February 2019

New catalytic approach turns hydrocarbons into hydrogen fuel and solid carbon, which could be stored underground or turned into high-value products

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Inorganic isomerism uncovered in cadmium sulfide clusters

14 February 2019

CdS nanocrystals reversibly transition between ‘wurtzite-like’ and ‘zinc blende-like’ forms in a single step

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The discovery of the noble gases

28 January 2019By , Roger Langridge

How an extra line in the solar spectrum kicked off a search for the ‘missing metals’ that turned out to be noble gases

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Pass the antidote


From paracetamol to pesticides – not to mention nerve agents – there are many toxic compounds that doctors need to be able to counteract. Nina Notman investigates

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Can we live forever?


We are now living longer than ever before, but not always in perfect health. Anthony King talks to the researchers working to extend our healthspan

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