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The science of the perfect cake

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Nina Notman opens her lab notebook to find a recipe fit for a queen

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Moderna and Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccines add more encouraging data

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Pfizer–BioNTech reach safety threshold for emergency authorisation, while Moderna’s data peek suggests 95% efficacy

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Martin Gouterman: the gay man behind the four-orbital model

By Abhik Ghosh

Abhik Ghosh tells the story of a porphyrin chemist who was a leading figure in Seattle’s gay rights movement of the 1960s

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Tyre compound driving mystery salmon deaths identified after years of chemical detective work

2020-12-03T19:01:00+00:00

Previously unknown substance washes from roads to spawning streams – and likely has wide impact on aquatic ecosystems

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Survey reveals chemists around the world have been hit hardest by the pandemic

2020-12-02T15:26:00+00:00

47% of chemists have been ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ affected by Covid-19

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Brexit may put some chemicals out of GB’s Reach

2020-12-02T09:25:00+00:00

Industry fears divergence of UK and EU regulations could spell disaster for trade

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UK grants Pfizer–BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine emergency approval

2020-12-02T12:54:00+00:00

Regulators around the world working towards accelerated decisions on vaccine data

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RSC approves policy allowing researchers to change names on papers

2020-12-01T14:44:00+00:00

New protocol allows researchers to update names on previously published work

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Refinement method uses quantum calculations to detail intricacies in crystal structures

2020-12-03T15:24:00+00:00

Technique tackles disordered structures and compounds containing heavy elements

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Is there phosphine on Venus?

2020-12-03T09:58:00+00:00

A software glitch and a new analysis of 50-year-old data are all helping to answer the question

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NMR monitors MOF assembly process

2020-12-02T14:13:00+00:00

Technique adapted to interrogate nucleation and growth mechanism

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How to solve a ‘nasty’ compound’s structure with a million-Euro synchrotron

2020-12-02T09:30:00+00:00

Chemists overcomes challenges of handling explosive and toxic nitrogen to investigate its structure using Germany’s most expensive x-ray source

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Snail slime central to sustainable strategy for making wound-healing gold nanoparticles

2020-12-01T09:34:00+00:00

Nanoparticles made using mucus could be developed into acne treatments

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

  • 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

  • The indomitable Toshiko Mayeda

  • Theodora Greene’s protecting groups

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Chemistry for all?

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Rachel Brazil reports on the RSC’s five-year project to see whether students from disadvantaged backgrounds can be encouraged to study chemistry

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Engineering a handshake for proteins

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Once considered undruggable, chemists are beginning to grasp protein–protein interactions, according to Ian Le Guillou

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Can sustainable aviation fuels give us guilt-free flying?

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Angeli Mehta finds out if we can make jet fuel sustainably – and cheaply

Emmanuella Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna

How Crispr went from niche to Nobel

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Katrina Kramer tells the story of how Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna developed the gene editing tool that won them the 2020 Nobel prize in chemistry

  • Enhanced understanding of lithium ion battery chemistry through isothermal calorimetry

  • Emerging strategies in covalent inhibition