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Manfred Eigen, pioneer of study of exceptionally fast chemical reactions, dies aged 91

Eigen was instrumental in the development of a method to probe reactions using pulses of energy

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Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome

Venki Ramakrishnan tells the story of his journey from physics student to chemistry Nobel laureate

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Year-long celebration of the periodic table launched by Unesco

Hundreds gather in Paris to commemorate 150 years of Dmitri Mendeleev’s most enduring work

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Smoothing out the lumps

Conflicting views of chemistry have been published in the press

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What is an element?

Our understanding of what an element is has evolved over the years, but it’s still a tricky concept to nail down. Philip Ball investigates

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Rules for element discovery get superheavy revamp

Chemistry and physics federations also define what counts as a ‘beyond superheavy element’

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