Long read

  • Refreshing leaded Flint water

    US water crisis

    20 January 2017

    The problems that the US city of Flint had with its water were just the first drip in a wider problem, finds Sarah Houlton

  • London air pollution

    Urban air pollution

    12 January 2017

    Nina Notman meets the chemists breathing fresh air into urban air pollution research

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    New opioid drugs

    3 January 2017

    Creating powerful new painkillers is a constant battle against side-effects – particularly addictions. James Mitchell Crow reports

  • Brussel sprouts

    Explainer: The chemistry of farts

    21 December 2016

    We usually see flatulence as funny or embarrassing – but its chemistry is intimately entwined with our health

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    Intracellular delivery

    13 December 2016

    Peptides, proteins and lipids that can enter cells and take useful payloads with them are moving towards maturity, finds Andy Extance

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    The chemistry in your cuppa

    5 December 2016

    Katrina Megget finds there’s more to tea than just a great brew – it’s also chemically complex

  • Yuri Oganessian

    What it takes to make a new element

    30 November 2016

    Yuri Oganessian tells us how nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson were made

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    Could artificial meat save the planet?

    28 November 2016

    As meat production becomes unsustainable, Dinsa Sachan investigates the new industry of meat substitutes

  • Faces

    Personalised skincare

    15 November 2016

    Nina Notman explores some of the latest scientific approaches skincare companies are using in the quest to develop high-earning anti-ageing cosmetics

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    Smarter smells

    26 October 2016

    After years of research, the flavour and fragrance industry is increasingly turning to biotechnology for commercial production, as Emma Davies reports