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Polly Arnold’s diversity of interests


Kit Chapman asks the champion of actinide chemistry and diversity in science what comes next as she starts her new role at a US national lab

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Has the chemistry Nobel prize really become the biology prize?


Researchers digging into the data call for honesty and transparency on how the prize has changed over the years

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The story of Quickfit, part one: Friedrich's joints


In the first article in a special Classic Kit series on Quickfit, Andrea Sella tracks the origin of standardised ground glass joints to 1900s Prussia

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Two dead at US industrial tank cleaning site


Workers overcome by fumes in enclosed tanker truck

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Deadly explosion at ethylene oxide plant in Spain


Two employees killed and seven others injured at Iqoxe plant in Tarragona

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Plane shot down by Iran had dozens of Canadian scientists on board


Canadian academic community mourns the deaths of students and colleagues

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Europe sets its sights on non-stick and stain-resistant perfluorinated chemicals


EU plans to regulate these compounds as a single class, as action on them stalls in the US 

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Star Chinese scientist and assistant jailed for embezzling research funds


Top researcher gets 12 years in prison for routing £3.8 million in government grants to companies he controlled

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Synthetic strategy exploits fluxional nitrogen to deliver three chiral centres for the price of one


Innovative method amplifies chirality and complexity in medicinally relevant cyclic hydrazines

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Car’s exhaust fumes could be used to clean up the recovery of metals


Process could make carbon capture cheaper by providing a use for trapped CO2

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Electrolyser selectively consumes carbon dioxide in unpurified flue gas


Method tackles kinetic and thermodynamic hurdles

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‘Living bricks’ that can reproduce could cut construction’s carbon footprint


Bacterial biomineralisation harnessed to create building material from sand

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Entropy measurements can gauge health of lithium-ion batteries


Non-destructive technique for battery diagnostics

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Can chemists crack our cells’ sugar code?


Rachel Brazil talks to the scientists trying to understand the sweet mystery of the glycome

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Can smart biomaterials deliver?


James Mitchell Crow explores the next generation of therapeutic biomaterials, which aim to interact dynamically with the body and help to control diabetes and heal wounds

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The chemistry of a curry


Can chemistry help Nina Notman make a better curry?

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Borrowing scientific theories


Can re-purposed science help us understand more than the physical world? Rachel Brazil talks to the scientists trying to play swap

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