The crucible

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    30 March 2011

    Experiments are seldom replicated by different research teams, says Philip Ball. Why is this and does it really matter?

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    Column: The crucible

    24 February 2011

    Chemistry cannot all be reduced to physics, argues Philip Ball

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    Column: The crucible

    31 January 2011

    Philip Ball looks at research that is beginning to explain why we cry

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    5 January 2011

    Dutch Nobel laureate Peter Debye has been branded a Nazi collaborator, but Philip Ball suggests that the historical facts permit several interpretations

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    Column: The crucible

    29 November 2010

    Philip Ball looks at the financial motivation needed to advance sustainable technology

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    Column: The crucible

    28 October 2010

    Would element 137 really spell the end of the periodic table? Philip Ball examines the evidence

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    Column: The crucible

    27 August 2010

    There is no hidden understanding to be teased out by 'improving' the periodic table, argues Philip Ball. But Eric Scerri begs to differ

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    Column: The crucible

    30 July 2010

    Philip Ball looks at the chemistry behind colourful cartoon characters served up by a fast food chain

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    Column: The crucible

    25 June 2010

    Borodin wasn't such an outstanding scientist after all, says Philip Ball, but science and music are far from mutually exclusive

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    Column: The crucible

    27 May 2010

    Man and the machine: Philip Ball welcomes the age of automated chemical crystallography