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  • A photograph of the International Space Station

    Science in microgravity

    17 December 2018

    How does gravity affect chemistry and biology? More than you might think – and you don’t have to visit space to find out, as Rachel Brazil discovers

  • Pile of rusty First World War One artillery grenade shells

    The great war clean-up

    11 November 2018

    A century after the end of the first world war, the task of disposing of old chemical weapons continues. Michael Freemantle reports

  • Chemical plant at night

    The atmospheric nitrogen question

    22 October 2018

    Pollutants, key atmospheric components and vital fertilisers: nitrogen compounds are all of these, as Emma Davies finds out

  • 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

  • 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

  • Jupiter's tumultuous atmosphere

    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

  • Cone snail

    From venoms to medicine

    12 December 2017

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

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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

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    CO2 recycling – an uphill struggle

    27 October 2017

    James Mitchell Crow explains how chemists are turning a problematic greenhouse gas into commercially useful molecules, at industrial scale

  • Collecting plastics from polluted river in Manila, Philippines

    Recycling is taking back plastic

    15 September 2017

    Angeli Mehta explores the evolution of plastic recycling technology and looks to a rubbish-free future