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  • A picture of the Renishaw Biological Analyser

    Ready for a Raman shift

    14 January 2019

    Raman spectroscopy has been seen as a tool for physicists and chemists but Hayley Bennett finds it has the potential to cause a major shift in the way we do medicine

  • Hero illustration showing question marks with different forms of chemical elements as dots

    What is an element?

    10 January 2019

    Our understanding of what an element is has evolved over the years, but it’s still a tricky concept to nail down. Philip Ball investigates

  • A picture of Mendeleev with his 1869 periodic table

    The father of the periodic table

    2 January 2019

    Mike Sutton looks at how Mendeleev’s patience revealed periodicity in the elements

  • A photograph of the International Space Station

    Science in microgravity

    17 December 2018

    How does gravity affect chemistry and biology? More than you might think – and you don’t have to visit space to find out, as Rachel Brazil discovers

  • Women in Science - Martha Annie Whiteley

    Science, suffrage and misogyny

    10 December 2018

    100 years after women could first vote in UK general elections, Rachel Brazil looks back at their fight for professional equality in chemistry

  • Wine sample preparation for testing

    A taste of wine chemistry

    27 November 2018

    Nina Notman talks to the wine detectives uncovering the flavour molecules in our favourite tipples

  • Half-cooked turkey

    The marvellous Maillard reaction

    19 November 2018

    Andy Extance looks at the culinary reaction cascade that goes beyond Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner and has worrying links to health

  • Pile of rusty First World War One artillery grenade shells

    The great war clean-up

    11 November 2018

    A century after the end of the first world war, the task of disposing of old chemical weapons continues. Michael Freemantle reports

  • Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn in their Dahlem laboratory, Germany, in 1913

    Hahn, Meitner and the discovery of nuclear fission

    5 November 2018

    80 years ago, Otto Hahn and Lise Meitner made a discovery that led to nuclear weapons – yet Meitner was never given the recognition she deserved

  • Chemical plant at night

    The atmospheric nitrogen question

    22 October 2018

    Pollutants, key atmospheric components and vital fertilisers: nitrogen compounds are all of these, as Emma Davies finds out