The crucible

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    26 February 2010

    Superatoms reinforce the notion that chemistry is more about electrons than elements, says Philip Ball

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    28 January 2010

    Philip Ball warms up the subject of snowflake structure

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    6 January 2010

    I'm no fan of reality TV. But watching people just going about their business can be fascinating, says Philip Ball

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    26 November 2009

    Three chemists have resurrected the art of science debate by publishing their conversations on the nature of bonds. This is science that makes you smile, says Philip Ball

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    28 October 2009

    Could red light and green tea really give 'facial rejuvenation'? Philip Ball looks at the intriguing science behind this new claim

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    1 October 2009

    Philip Ball rakes through the findings of new research into the h-index and unearths some top tips for citation-hungry researchers

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    25 August 2009

    Philip Ball looks at a new device that creates energy from salinity differences between fresh and sea water

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    28 July 2009

    Zinc nanoparticles appear to have the ability to make odorants smell stronger and could a give a valuable insight into how olfaction works, says Philip Ball

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    26 June 2009

    Today polyhedra speak to chemists of fullerenes and other cage molecules. But they once had a very different meaning, says Philip Ball

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    29 May 2009

    Scientific fraud highlights flaws in the way that scientists communicate with each other, suggests Philip Ball