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  • amino acids soup

    Why are there 20 amino acids?

    17 September 2018

    Rachel Brazil tries to untangle the alphabet soup of life

  • Close-up of the nanospray apparatus used in electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry (ESI-MS)

    Medical mass spec

    10 September 2018

    Mass spectrometry can be used for more than just small molecules, meaning it is a vital tool in drug discovery and hospitals, as Clare Sansom discovers

  • Chemical compounds

    Reaching a milestone

    3 September 2018

    The decade-long process to register all chemicals used in Europe has concluded. Nina Notman takes stock of progress and looks to the next steps for chemical legislation in the region

  • Earth's atmosphere

    Ozone: the hole story

    28 August 2018

    There is still a long road to recovery for the ozone layer, Emma Stoye finds

  • Illustration depicting the quest to cure HIV

    The quest to cure HIV

    21 August 2018

    Although HIV–Aids can now be managed quite well with antiretroviral drugs, there is still no cure. Anthony King talks to the scientists trying to find one

  • Illustration of plants bearing tablets and drug capsules as flowers

    From folklore to pharmacy

    13 August 2018

    Although many drugs have in the past come from plants, Hayley Bennett discovers that it’s hard work getting them approved today

  • 3 to 2 ratio pic of Derek Barton

    Derek Barton and shape-shifting molecules

    6 August 2018

    It’s 100 years since Derek Barton was born. Mike Sutton looks at his work developing conformational analysis

  • 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