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  • An image showing the manipulation of enzymes

    Catalysts with a gentle touch

    18 March 2019

    Enzymes and metal–organic frameworks share some common features and are being investigated for industrial use. Clare Sansom reports

  • A picture of a shirt in a size too small

    The battle to lose weight

    11 March 2019

    Losing weight – and not putting it back on – is about much more than willpower. Nina Notman reports on the drugs trying to penetrate the complex metabolic web of hunger and satiety.

  • A conceptual image of biodegradable plastic

    Searching for biodegradable polymers

    25 February 2019

    Plastics that break down in the environment could be the answer to our pollution worries, Aisling Irwin finds – but only if they are useful in the first place

  • An image showing perovskite crystal structures

    Perovskites beyond solar cells

    18 February 2019

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

  • A picture showing mass poisoning instances throughout history

    Pass the antidote

    12 February 2019

    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

  • A picture showing factors that might make a person look younger or older

    Can we live forever?

    28 January 2019

    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

  • Plasmonics - Conceptual artwork

    Forcing reactions with plasmons

    21 January 2019

    Traditional catalysts can lack both efficiency and selectivity. Tim Wogan explains how plasmons offer the potential to do chemistry with a lighter touch

  • 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