In profile

  • Krzysztof Matyjaszewski: 'In science, one needs to have a vision'

  • Christina White: ‘Discovery requires the human element’

  • John Hartwig: ‘There’s a lot of distrust of science’

  • Donna Blackmond: ‘I often get my best ideas in the middle of the night’

  • Alán Aspuru-Guzik: 'Science is at a crossroads'

  • Margaret Brimble: 'Spiroketals are my favourite molecules'

  • Fraser Stoddart: 'Even when I'm sleeping, I average 40mph'

  • Cathleen Crudden: 'I played clarinet for the Pope'

  • Omar Yaghi: 'MOFs are the most beautiful compounds ever made'

  • ‘I taught my local restaurant how to make noodles’

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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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Twenty twenty vision

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The new year brings changes to how we include and reflect our community

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Male scientists more likely to blow their own trumpet when it comes to research

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Analysis of 6 million papers finds male lead authors are up to 21% more likely to use language that casts findings as very significant compared with female ones

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Women in Their Element: Selected Women’s Contributions To The Periodic System

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The book’s 38 essays highlight women’s contributions to chemistry, ranging from well-known accounts to stories rarely told

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Design of experiments

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

Ethics

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Rogue Chinese geneticist jailed for his role in creation of gene-edited babies

Team leader He Jiankui sentenced to three years with another two researchers sent to prison

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Sanctions imposed by research agency on Duke University lifted

University has met all commitments in plan agreed with National Institutes of Health

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Senior Chinese research integrity official investigated for academic fraud

More than 60 papers co-authored by Xuetao Cao have been flagged on PubPeer for problematic images

Safety

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Two dead at US industrial tank cleaning site

Workers overcome by fumes in enclosed tanker truck

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What we need to know to make our labs safer

We lack the data to fully understand the hazards in academic labs

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Sanctions imposed by research agency on Duke University lifted

University has met all commitments in plan agreed with National Institutes of Health

On the spot

  • On the spot: fiery solution

  • On the spot: pocketful of trouble

  • On the spot: tyre fire

  • On the spot: nitrous injection