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    The creative stimulus

    22 July 2014

    Innovative thinking may be difficult to turn on at will, but there are many ways to prepare for inspiration, says Mark Peplow

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    A mind-blowing legacy

    11 June 2014

    Alexander Shulgin’s research on psychoactive drugs shows how molecules can take on a life of their own once they leave the lab, says Mark Peplow


    It's life, but not as we know it

    15 May 2014

    A living cell that uses artificial bases in its DNA heralds a profound development for chemistry, says Mark Peplow


    Frack and blue

    25 April 2014

    Shale gas will do little to improve the competitiveness of Europe’s chemical industry, argues Mark Peplow

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    A war on smog

    28 March 2014

    Chemistry can be a force for good in tackling China’s pollution, says Mark Peplow

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    The value of trust

    7 March 2014

    Rebuilding a damaged relationship with researchers should be a top priority for the new boss of the UK’s physical sciences funding council

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    Virtually excellent

    30 January 2014

    Assembling a dream team of international researchers could offer a useful snapshot of the UK’s strength in chemical engineering, says Mark Peplow

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    The morning after the night before

    6 January 2014

    Replacing alcohol with a more benign drug sounds like a great idea, but it faces insurmountable hurdles, says Mark Peplow

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    A century of isotopes

    21 November 2013

    Once appalled by the military use of his discoveries, Frederick Soddy would pleased by his legacy today, says Mark Peplow


    The judgement of your peers

    24 October 2013

    A bit of hindsight goes a long way in measuring scientific quality, says Mark Peplow