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Recycling clothing the chemical way


Nina Notman explores how chemistry is poised to close the loop in clothing recycling

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No quick fix for declining degree applications


A complex network of educational influences underlies why fewer students want to study chemistry at university

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Ellie Knaggs and tetrahedral carbon


Ellie Knaggs’ claim to be the first to use x-rays to prove carbon’s tetrahedral bonding in molecules has been overlooked, finds Andy Extance

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Bird droppings to help cut the crap in graphene doping papers


Dramatic illustration shows there’s little value in doping graphene electrodes to make better water splitting catalysts

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Researchers love their jobs but toxic competition and publishing pressures take their toll


Largest survey of its kind finds research culture is struggling – results that surprise few

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Future of UK science hangs in the balance in crucial year


Promises to double funding and create new blue skies research agency sit uneasily with likelihood of crashing out of EU science programmes

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Balkan states face uphill task over environmental remediation


Abandoned chemical plants and stores pose cleanup challenges

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Two dead at US industrial tank cleaning site


Workers overcome by fumes in enclosed tanker truck

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Computer says no to membrane-bound life on Titan


Scientists quash inside–out cell membrane theory but don’t completely rule out possibility of life on cryogenic liquid hydrocarbon worlds

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First benzene-mimicking molecule made entirely from palladium


Palladium hexagon is a rare example of all-metal aromatic nanocluster

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Yo-yo crystals are a new, rare kind of chiral porous material


Highly unusual structures possess chirality on molecular and macroscopic scales

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Fungal enzyme given catalytic role inside lithium–air battery


Metalloenzyme changes its structure in harmony with the pH of the battery, promoting oxygen reduction and evolution as required

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Crystals reveal the site of the world’s oldest meteorite strike


Mineral chemistry suggests the massive impact 2.3 billion years ago could have made our entire planet much warmer

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Polly Arnold’s diversity of interests


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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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