High entropy alloys

Marvellous mixtures of metals


High entropy alloys, with anywhere from five or more different metals, have unusual properties and could find use in a variety of high-tech applications. Clare Sansom reports

Bin Liu

Bin Liu: ‘Breakthroughs always need patience’


The materials expert on deciding to become a scientist, collaboration and fishing


Iron salts catalyse the creation of carbenes for cyclopropanation


A new strategy to synthesise non-stabilised carbenes gives access to cyclopropanes with potential in drug discovery

War torn laboratory

Science community must become more resilient to global crises, says report


International Science Council urges proactive approach to protecting research

Red tape

Response to review of red tape in UK research arrives after 18 months


Government outlines further measures including making the next Research Excellence Framework ‘measurably less bureaucratic’


China conducts nationwide audit of research misconduct after thousands of papers retracted


Universities must submit a comprehensive list of all retracted academic papers in the past three years along with reasons for the retractions

White powder

Three new recreational drugs discovered in checks by Australian chemists


Analytical service uncovers novel psychoactive substances with no known safety data

Soybean leaves

US federal court revokes approval of dicamba herbicides


Judge overturns 2020 reapproval of three products over procedural failure


Machine learning could ‘change the paradigm’ for polaritonic chemistry


Model reveals influence of vibrational strong coupling during light-driven reaction

Diatomic molecules

New ‘supermolecule’ demonstrated for the first time at record-breaking ultracold temperature


Largest polyatomic molecule created and stabilised at just above absolute zero provides new insights into quantum chemistry

Microfluidic track

Creating reconfigurable fluidic devices from liquid building blocks


Inspired by toy blocks, Chinese researchers have created, manipulated functional liquid devices by assembling and disassembling liquid droplets


Kinky findings drive crystal growth paradigm shift claim


How molecules attach chemically at surfaces can be more important than how strongly solvents bind them in determining growth rate


Pre-organising antibiotic structure could aid fight against resistance


Strategy that produced new antibiotic could allow researchers to repurpose existing antibiotics

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Cell reprogramming

Small molecules that switch up cell development could transform medicine


Turning mature somatic cells back into flexible stem cells using small molecules could revolutionise medicine, especially for regeneration and cancer. Philip Ball reports

Different aspects of romantic love

The chemistry of love


There’s chemistry behind every step of a romantic relationship, from the initial spark to the pain of break up, as Zahra Khan discovers

Z- and B-DNA

More than a mirror-image: left-handed nucleic acids


Now a biological reality, researchers are starting to figure out the many roles of left-handed nucleic acids such as Z-DNA – from immunity to controlling our genetics. Rachel Brazil reports 

Polymer scrabble

Editing polymer backbones


Changing the chemical makeup of a polymer backbone could revolutionise how we make, use and even recycle plastics. James Mitchell Crow reports

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