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  • Hydrogen hero illustration

    Hydrogen: still the fuel of the future?

    30 July 2018

    Is the dream of a hydrogen-fuelled future still a pipe dream, or is it in the pipeline? Angeli Mehta investigates

  • 150 years of helium index gif

    150 years of helium

    23 July 2018

    Humanity took a long time to notice the second most common chemical element in the universe, James Mitchell Crow notes. Today we would struggle to do without it

  • mechanochemical purple index

    Introducing mechanochemistry

    16 July 2018

    Mechanochemical synthesis offers a different way to make compounds. Nina Notman asks whether we should all get grinding

  • Glass blower Stan Sheldon at University of California, Riverside in 2013

    Glass: the chemist’s best friend

    6 July 2018

    Where would we be without our glassware? Tabitha Watson looks through the history and current state of chemistry’s favourite amorphous solid

  • Rusted metal sheet

    The nanocoatings holding back corrosion

    29 June 2018

    Corrosion is an age-old problem, but some of the latest solutions are distinctly 21st century. Rachel Brazil reports

  • Aerial shot of the Getty Conservation Institute campus

    The art of conservation

    22 June 2018

    The Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles is developing innovative new approaches to art conservation. Fiona Case paid them a visit

  • Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC - close-up of 'Equal justice under law'

    Forensics in crisis

    15 June 2018

    High-profile cases of scientific misconduct at forensics labs are upending the legal system and casting doubt on the wider field, Rebecca Trager finds

  • Synapse Chemistry - Synapse illustration

    The chemistry of synapses

    8 June 2018

    Scientists are decoding the brain’s exquisite molecular machinery – but there is still a long way to go, finds Andy Extance

  • A ship drifts through a heavy band of oil, spilled from Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico, May 2010

    Oil spill cleanup

    1 June 2018

    Is the cure worse than the disease? Katrina Krämer looks at the new alternatives to traditional dispersants and surfactants

  • Morpho Butterfly Wing close-up

    Structural colour

    25 May 2018

    From iridescent butterflies and beetles to fish-scales and petals – can nature show us how to make sustainable pigments and dyes? Angeli Mehta takes a look