Funeral mask of the Pharoah Tutankhamun


15 February 2019By

A brilliant rich blue rock, prized in antiquity as a gemstone and a prominent pigment, lazurite is the basis of lapis lazuli, the original ultramarine paint and – as Brian Clegg finds – it even adorns Tutankhamun's death mask

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Near-death by chocolate


The forensics that puts dodgy confectionary behind bars

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PDFs dragged into digital age with 3D interactive chemical structures

15 February 2019

Simple method allows a range of file types to be converted into 3D structures

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Why cadmium is a problem for chocoholics

14 February 2019

The EU has set new limits on the heavy metal in your food

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Small research teams more likely to deliver disruptive results

14 February 2019

Both large and small teams are needed to keep the scientific ecosystem healthy, study finds

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Manfred Eigen, pioneer of study of exceptionally fast chemical reactions, dies aged 91

13 February 2019

Eigen was instrumental in the development of a method to probe reactions using pulses of energy

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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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Light-activated chirality switch directs enantiomeric excess

14 February 2019

Photoexcitation can transform a racemic ligand into one of its enantiomers

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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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