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2020-12-04T16:37:00+00:00By Michael Freemantle

How one of mankind’s oldest pigments helped shepherds secure their sheep and inspired one of the most popular songs of the twentieth century

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Tyre compound driving mystery salmon deaths identified after years of chemical detective work


Previously unknown substance washes from roads to spawning streams – and likely has wide impact on aquatic ecosystems

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The science of the perfect cake


Nina Notman opens her lab notebook to find a recipe fit for a queen

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Moderna and Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccines add more encouraging data


Pfizer–BioNTech reach safety threshold for emergency authorisation, while Moderna’s data peek suggests 95% efficacy

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Lab-grown meat receives its first regulatory approval in Singapore


Regulators conclude US start-up has proven that its cultured chicken is safe and nutritious

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4 dead in UK sewage treatment works explosion


One person injured as biosolids silo explodes at Avonmouth

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UK grants Pfizer–BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine emergency approval


Regulators around the world working towards accelerated decisions on vaccine data

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Brexit may put some chemicals out of GB’s Reach


Industry fears divergence of UK and EU regulations could spell disaster for trade

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Survey reveals chemists around the world have been hit hardest by the pandemic


47% of chemists have been ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ affected by Covid-19

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Refinement method uses quantum calculations to detail intricacies in crystal structures


Technique tackles disordered structures and compounds containing heavy elements

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Is there phosphine on Venus?


A software glitch and a new analysis of 50-year-old data are all helping to answer the question

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NMR monitors MOF assembly process


Technique adapted to interrogate nucleation and growth mechanism

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How to solve a ‘nasty’ compound’s structure with a million-Euro synchrotron


Chemists overcomes challenges of handling explosive and toxic nitrogen to investigate its structure using Germany’s most expensive x-ray source

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Snail slime central to sustainable strategy for making wound-healing gold nanoparticles


Nanoparticles made using mucus could be developed into acne treatments

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Chemistry pedagogy for a modern world

  • LGBT+ inclusivity – Building a better chemistry culture

  • Celebrating Black History Month

  • Trust in peer review

Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • Martin Gouterman: the gay man behind the four-orbital model

  • Stefanie Horovitz – the woman behind the isotope

  • Marguerite Perey and the last element in nature

  • Ghanaian biochemistry TV star Marian Addy

  • Barbara Low, penicillin and the protein pi helix

  • Alice Ball’s treatment for leprosy

  • Eunice Foote: the mother of climate change

  • Jimmy Robinson and the atom bomb elements

  • The indomitable Toshiko Mayeda

  • Theodora Greene’s protecting groups

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Chemistry for all?


Rachel Brazil reports on the RSC’s five-year project to see whether students from disadvantaged backgrounds can be encouraged to study chemistry

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Engineering a handshake for proteins


Once considered undruggable, chemists are beginning to grasp protein–protein interactions, according to Ian Le Guillou

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Can sustainable aviation fuels give us guilt-free flying?


Angeli Mehta finds out if we can make jet fuel sustainably – and cheaply

Emmanuella Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna

How Crispr went from niche to Nobel


Katrina Kramer tells the story of how Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna developed the gene editing tool that won them the 2020 Nobel prize in chemistry

  • Enhanced understanding of lithium ion battery chemistry through isothermal calorimetry

  • Emerging strategies in covalent inhibition