In profile

  • 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’

  • Maki Kawai: 'Researchers in Japan should speak English'

  • 'I used to have a golden Rolls Royce...'

  • Helen Sharman: 'I remember the last view I had of the Earth...'

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Reimagining the Nobel prize

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Honor discoveries, not discoverers

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Am I really a scientist?

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Whether in a lab, an office or on a stage, we are no strangers to wrestling with self-identity 

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Superior: The Return of Race Science

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Angela Saini’s latest book is a powerful deconstruction of the research around race

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Cutting-edge history

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Rewriting the textbooks is our duty, because credit and recognition are much more than a reward for the individual. We use them to show what we value, and what matters to us – what lies behind us to be discovered is just as important as what lies ahead

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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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Image manipulation allegations hit Indian toxicology institute

Investigation launched after images in as many as 130 papers questioned

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Chinese gene-edited babies at higher risk of premature death

Loss of gene knocked-out by rogue geneticists found to be linked with higher mortality in human genome database

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Misconduct not mistakes are the chief reason chemistry papers are retracted

Analysis prompts call for publishers to be more open about the reasons a paper is withdrawn

Safety

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On the spot: pocketful of trouble

What would you do if you found a mystery substance in your lab coat pocket?

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What not to wear: lab edition

Your health and safety advisor is not your personal stylist

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1% of chemicals end up on benches in undergrad labs

First effort to quantify spillages points way to improving chemical handling

On the spot

  • On the spot: pocketful of trouble

  • On the spot: tyre fire

  • On the spot: nitrous injection

  • On the spot: car coolant