In profile

  • Susan Solomon: ‘We had to literally stand out on the roof’

  • Supawan Tantayanon: ‘I designed my own portable lab’

  • Najat Saliba: ‘The Beirut explosion is a crime like no other’

  • Zafra Lerman: ‘I used art, music, dance, drama, poetry, animation, anything’

  • Mohammad Seyedsayamdost: ‘I ended up being a lab lifer’

  • James Clark: ‘I hate waste in any sense’

  • Arlene Blum: ‘Our summit is reduced toxics’

  • In situ with Tebello Nyokong

  • Taeghwan Hyeon: ‘Multidisciplinary collaboration is a must’

  • Molly Shoichet: ‘We fail every day’

Women in science

UK physical science funder acts to rid its peer review of gender bias


EPSRC plans to pilot unconscious bias observers in funding panels and investigate all types of peer review discrimination

Helping hands

The importance of providing young people with mental health support

By , Summer Ward, Helen Gaden

Do you feel safe openly discussing your mental health with your colleagues at work?

Todd Pagano

Making research environments more inclusive to deaf and hard of hearing students


Todd Pagano helps open up the world of chemistry for students at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Basking shark spelling the word Research eating little fish spelling the same word in other languages

Publish in English or perish


The dominance of English in science does not reflect the scientists behind research articles

Question marks on a scientific experiment

Design of experiments

Quizzes and resources to help you to become better at designing experiments. Created in partnership with JMP

Power imbalance

It’s time to ban staff–student relationships

A policy of discouragement doesn’t go far enough towards tackling sexual misconduct

A photo of four small poppers bottles. Their colourful plastic wrappers advertise them as room odourisers or aroma with brand names such as Liquid Gold, Bolt and Purple Haze

Explainer: The science of alkyl nitrites aka poppers

From their origins as 19th century angina treatment to becoming an important part of gay subculture, these recreational drugs exist in a legal limbo

the periodic table

Apparent plagiarism leads Elsevier to retract periodic table book

Chemist contacted by suspicious Wikipedia editor finds that large sections were lifted from online encyclopaedia 


China grapples with lab safety following huge growth in student numbers

Study exposes serious incidents and deaths at universities

Supawan Tantayanon

Supawan Tantayanon: ‘I designed my own portable lab’

The green chemistry pioneer on making labs safer, designing a portable lab and her unusual way of cooking

Chemicals storage barrels

How are chemicals stored in bulk?

Banging the drum for containers