Long read

  • Wall painting in Cuba

    Cuba: socialism, cigars and biotech

    16 March 2018

    Nina Notman learns how biotechnology could potentially overtake cigars as Cuba’s most famous export

  • Aerial view of ORNL main campus

    Oak Ridge at 75

    16 March 2018

    As Oak Ridge National Laboratory celebrates its 75th anniversary, Kit Chapman visits the birthplace of the atomic age

  • 0318CW - Microbiome Feature - Gut microbiome illustration concept - Index

    The chemistry of the microbiome

    9 March 2018

    Our gut bacteria are carrying out chemistry on our behalf, but without us knowing much about it. Now, scientists are starting to examine their enzymes

  • 0318CW - Drug-resistant bugs feature - opening illustration - Hero

    The antibiotic countdown

    2 March 2018

    Where are the next generation of antibiotics going to come from? Clare Sansom looks at the pipeline

  • Solar plant near Beijing, China

    Renewable energy in China

    23 February 2018

    Huge investments and cutting-edge research are helping China to pioneer innovations in clean energy technologies, reports Mark Peplow

  • 0318CW - Artificial blood feature - Blood bag, abstract - Index

    Artificial blood

    16 February 2018

    Nina Notman reports on progress towards products that can, when necessary, replace donor red blood cells

  • Molecule gif sequence ref 3 imaging single molecule reaction intermediates stabilized sixteen 9 for site hero 5

    Watching molecular movies

    9 February 2018

    Rachel Brazil goes behind the scenes of molecular film sets

  • Resolve handheld spectrometer

    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

    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

    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