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    Getting to know you

    2015-06-01T00:00:00Z

    The public does not fear chemists, it simply doesn’t know about them.

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    An unfortunate oversight

    2015-04-27T00:00:00Z

    The US Toxic Substances Control Act is in dire need of reform. That demands compromises, says Mark Peplow

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    Opinion

    Thinking ahead

    2015-03-26T00:00:00Z

    PhD courses must prepare students for a life after research, says Mark Peplow

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    A large life, fully lived

    2015-02-20T00:00:00Z

    Carl Djerassi leaves many legacies besides the contraceptive pill,says Mark Peplow

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    The big experiment

    2015-01-23T00:00:00Z

    Plans to stop assessing school pupils’ practical work are the wrong solution to a genuine problem, says Mark Peplow

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    Opinion

    A bad business

    2014-12-19T00:00:00Z

    Targets and assessments can boost productivity at universities – but only if they do not stifle creativity and alienate the academic workforce, says Mark Peplow

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    It's time to speak up for Europe

    2014-11-27T00:00:00Z

    Researchers in the UK benefit enormously from their country’s membership of the EU. They need to say so, argues Mark Peplow

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    Opinion

    Two for the price of one

    2014-10-23T00:00:00Z

    This year’s Nobel prizes show that chemistry truly is the central science

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    Good advice

    2014-09-25T00:00:00Z

    Rather than axing his chief scientific adviser, the next president of the European commission should enhance the role

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    Opinion

    The trouble with boycotts

    2014-08-29T00:00:00Z

    Cutting academic ties with a censured state can do more harm than good, says Mark Peplow

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    Opinion

    The creative stimulus

    2014-07-22T00:00:00Z

    Innovative thinking may be difficult to turn on at will, but there are many ways to prepare for inspiration, says Mark Peplow

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    A mind-blowing legacy

    2014-06-11T00:00:00Z

    Alexander Shulgin’s research on psychoactive drugs shows how molecules can take on a life of their own once they leave the lab, says Mark Peplow

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    It's life, but not as we know it

    2014-05-15T00:00:00Z

    A living cell that uses artificial bases in its DNA heralds a profound development for chemistry, says Mark Peplow

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    Opinion

    Frack and blue

    2014-04-25T00:00:00Z

    Shale gas will do little to improve the competitiveness of Europe’s chemical industry, argues Mark Peplow

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    A war on smog

    2014-03-28T00:00:00Z

    Chemistry can be a force for good in tackling China’s pollution, says Mark Peplow

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    Opinion

    The value of trust

    2014-03-07T00:00:00Z

    Rebuilding a damaged relationship with researchers should be a top priority for the new boss of the UK’s physical sciences funding council

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    Virtually excellent

    2014-01-30T00:00:00Z

    Assembling a dream team of international researchers could offer a useful snapshot of the UK’s strength in chemical engineering, says Mark Peplow

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    The morning after the night before

    2014-01-06T00:00:00Z

    Replacing alcohol with a more benign drug sounds like a great idea, but it faces insurmountable hurdles, says Mark Peplow

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    A century of isotopes

    2013-11-21T00:00:00Z

    Once appalled by the military use of his discoveries, Frederick Soddy would pleased by his legacy today, says Mark Peplow

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    The judgement of your peers

    2013-10-24T00:00:00Z

    A bit of hindsight goes a long way in measuring scientific quality, says Mark Peplow