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Ellie Knaggs and tetrahedral carbon

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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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Polly Arnold’s diversity of interests

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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?

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

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

2020-01-23T09:30:00+00:00

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

2020-01-21T09:30:00+00:00

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

2020-01-17T14:39:00+00:00

Abandoned chemical plants and stores pose cleanup challenges

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Two dead at US industrial tank cleaning site

2020-01-15T14:32:00+00:00

Workers overcome by fumes in enclosed tanker truck

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Deadly explosion at ethylene oxide plant in Spain

2020-01-15T15:29:00+00:00

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

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

2020-01-23T14:30:00+00:00

Highly unusual structures possess chirality on molecular and macroscopic scales

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Fungal enzyme given catalytic role inside lithium–air battery

2020-01-22T14:49:00+00:00

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

2020-01-22T10:02:00+00:00

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

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Largest molecular wheel ever made pushes limits of aromaticity rules

2020-01-22T09:30:00+00:00

Giant, 162 π-electron aromatic ring shows that we haven’t reached the upper limit of Hückel’s rule yet

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CFCs responsible for half of Arctic sea-ice loss

2020-01-20T16:00:00+00:00

Halogenated compounds responsible for one third of global warming in the late 20th century

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Can chemists crack our cells’ sugar code?

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

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Can smart biomaterials deliver?

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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

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Can chemistry help Nina Notman make a better curry?

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Borrowing scientific theories

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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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