In profile

  • 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’

  • Ewine van Dishoeck: ‘Take a steep trajectory early in your career’

  • Molly Stevens: ‘Our society is tremendously unequal’

  • Varinder Aggarwal: You should see my downward dog now!

  • Vivian Yam: ‘Teaching and research go hand in hand’

  • Prasanna de Silva: ‘Kindness plays a key role in academia’

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James LuValle, a chemist who broke the colour barrier


Sports or science? There was never really any competition for a Black Olympian who made significant contributions to Kodak’s colour film, as Hayley Bennett discovers

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Come fly with me… just not there, or there


Travel risk assessments should account for the prejudice faced by Queer scientists 

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The daily struggle of LGBTQ+ scientists


Workplace equality for gender and sexual minorities remains a pipe dream in Stem

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LGBTQ+ diversity in science and universities

By Joan Sander

Many queer scientists still feel they need to hide their full identity at work

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Design of experiments

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

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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

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Apparent plagiarism leads Elsevier to retract periodic table book

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

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What’s the secret science of conspiracy theories?

Conspiracies can tell us a lot about science and society

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All work and no play

Is the long-hours culture of academic organic chemistry laboratories finally changing?

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Families sue LyondellBasell over fatal chemicals leak

Incident at acetic acid plant in La Porte, US, killed two workers in July

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Timmers’ towers and Straus’ flasks

The revolutionary system that made labs much less likely to go up in flames