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  • Resolve handheld spectrometer
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    Handheld spectrometers

    2 February 2018

    Andy Extance discovers how portable infrared absorption and Raman scattering analysis tools are inspiring new uses – even within people’s homes

  • Macrophotograph of a silicon chip
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    Chemistry beyond Moore's Law

    26 January 2018

    Can anything replace the silicon in our mobile phones and laptops? The hunt is on, reports Hayley Bennett

  • Jupiter's tumultuous atmosphere
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    Life on other planets

    19 January 2018

    A series of missions to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn has revealed their potential to harbour life. Nina Notman looks to the skies

  • Carolyn Bertozzi
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    Carolyn Bertozzi

    12 January 2018

    One-time heavy rocker Carolyn Bertozzi has made a name for herself with hit papers and sound science. Sarah Houlton charts her path to success

  • Horizontal field of lightning/electricity/energy.
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    Can we control reactions with electric fields?

    9 January 2018

    Think beyond the hot plate and stirrer – the consequences could be revolutionary, says Joshua Howgego

  • Plants' bacterial zoos
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    The plant microbiome

    4 January 2018

    The key to healthy plants is healthy microbiomes. Anthony King meets the crop scientists hoping to boost yields by managing microorganisms

  • The Spanish forger - detail
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    Illuminating manuscript treasures

    13 December 2017

    Rachel Brazil takes a look at the Fitzwilliam Museum’s illuminated manuscripts and learns their scientific stories

  • Cone snail
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    From venoms to medicine

    12 December 2017

    Venoms are a treasure trove of peptides that may provide a bounty of novel painkillers

  • Bottled beer with chemically suitable names
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    Beer: Music to your taste buds

    1 December 2017

    Andy Extance goes on tour in the UK and Belgium and compares the science behind the different processes used by craft and mass brewers

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    Every breath you take

    24 November 2017

    Nina Notman meets the chemists looking to clear the air around indoor air pollution