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  • An image showing scientists replacing locks on a membrane

    Changing the locks

    20 May 2019

    Designer receptors help understand cellular signals and could treat epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease, but need new tools, finds Andy Extance

  • An image showing a children crossing sign

    The problem of particulate air pollution

    13 May 2019

    Small particles in the air can find their way into the brains of growing children, with seriously unpleasant consequences. Anthony King reports

  • An image showing a mosquito biting

    Malaria no more?

    29 April 2019

    Efforts to cure malaria have been going on for hundreds of years. Clare Sansom looks at some of the latest – and most innovative

  • An image showing droplets on a rose petal; the fine surface structure of one of the droplets can be seen

    Superhydrophobic materials from nature

    15 April 2019

    Chemists who want to make materials that repel water but do not contain fluorocarbons are taking their inspiration from nature, Rachel Brazil finds

  • An image showing boron and molecular orbital interactions

    There’s something about boron

    8 April 2019

    Boron’s chemistry is as much defined by what it isn’t – carbon, or a metal – as by what it is. Recent years have started to fix this misconception, as James Mitchell Crow reports

  • An artistic representation of the periodic table based on the shape of a shell

    The art of the periodic table

    25 March 2019

    The venerable chart of elements has inspired and entertained in its first 150 years. Hayley Bennett looks at some of its weird, wacky – and wise – incarnations

  • 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