The crucible

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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

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    28 April 2009

    Simple nanoscience is bringing the legendary Golden Fleece to life in the form of merino wool dyed with gold. Philip Ball links myth to modern science

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    30 March 2009

    Unwinding protein fibrils could give a glimpse of how peptides survived on early Earth

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    23 February 2009

    Thermal motions on the molecular scale are not just useless noise, discovers Philip Ball

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    Column: The crucible

    28 January 2009

    The flowery language of fragrance chemistry doesn't distract Philip Ball from the sharp scent of olfactory understanding