All articles by Bea Perks

  • Sunbeams through willow tree in morning fog
    Business

    Willow promises new medicines

    2017-05-31T15:00:00Z

    Investigating tree’s metabolites throws up much more than aspirin

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    Feature

    Conduct and misconduct

    2015-02-19T00:00:00Z

    After high profile hoaxes, the scientific community is looking to ensure that researchers maintain high standards of research integrity. Bea Perks reports

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    Feature

    Goodenough rules

    2014-12-23T00:00:00Z

    Bea Perks profiles a veteran scientist whose fundamental and applied research continues to shape the world we live in

  • Martyn Poliakoff
    Feature

    The worldwide chemist

    2014-07-31T00:00:00Z

    Bea Perks profiles Martyn Poliakoff, the internet’s favourite ‘mad professor’

  • A colourful pile of plastic bottles
    Feature

    Green packaging blues

    2014-05-09T00:00:00Z

    Plastic packaging is ubiquitous, but uses precious resources and goes straight to waste. Bea Perks takes a look

  • Feature

    Orphans come in from the cold

    2011-08-30T09:59:25Z

    Rare diseases are less rare than you might think, reports Bea Perks, and finding drugs for them can mean big business

  • Careers

    Company Profile: Semiconductor start-up

    2011-07-28T15:30:21Z

    Bea Perks reports on a company developing printable circuits, where any setbacks are viewed as positive learning experiences

  • Careers

    Who's who: Recruitment agencies for the pharma sector

    2011-06-30T11:21:26Z

    Bea Perks looks at how to get the best out of a recruitment agency when you're looking for a career in the pharmaceutical sector

  • Feature

    Extreme potential

    2011-05-31T13:40:01Z

    The world's least hospitable environments are treasure troves for synthetic organic chemists and drug developers, reports Bea Perks

  • Careers

    Profile: Career development of a development chemist

    2011-04-28T09:33:12Z

    Daniel Bayston enjoys a varied career in pre-clinical drug development, writes Bea Perks

  • Opinion

    Editorial

    2011-04-28T08:45:47Z

    Biofuels are gaining increased public and scientific attention

  • Careers

    The insider: From ivory tower to global powerhouse

    2011-03-30T09:38:51Z

    Investing in universities doesn't just provide us with great universities, reports Bea Perks.

  • Feature

    On the origin of proteins

    2011-02-24T11:52:39Z

    A series of mistakes over 3.7 billion years has left us with a spectacular array of protein structures and functions, which are responsible for life itself, writes Bea Perks

  • Careers

    The Educated Chemist: A firm foundation

    2011-02-24T11:10:15Z

    Bea Perks finds out about a new breed of foundation degree being developed for and by the UK chemical sector

  • Opinion

    Editorial

    2011-02-24T10:19:56Z

    The news that most of Pfizer's employees at the Sandwich site will be made redundant over the next two years was met with surprise, disappointment and anger

  • Careers

    Profile: Consider the evidence

    2011-01-31T10:03:00Z

    Forensic analyst Raychelle Burks explains that real-life forensic scientists have rather more paperwork on TV. Bea Perks is relieved to find they don't carry guns, either

  • Careers

    Managing change: Reasons to be cheerful

    2011-01-31T10:02:37Z

    Getting the economy back on track calls for innovation, and that calls for a mobile job market, says Bea Perks

  • Feature

    Faking it

    2011-01-05T11:56:55Z

    Counterfeit medicines can kill - so shouldn't we lock up the people producing them? Bea Perks finds out it's not quite that simple

  • Careers

    The insider: Chemical public relations

    2011-01-05T10:04:48Z

    Publicising your results and explaining their significance to the wider public has an obvious value to society. But it's good for your career too, reports Bea Perks

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    Feature

    Gold fever

    2010-08-27T14:41:00Z

    The catalytic potential of gold nanoparticles was overlooked for years, but researchers are making up for lost time, writes Bea Perks