In profile

  • 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...'

  • 'I feel like a chemical Peter Pan'

  • Malika Jeffries-EL: Pineapple does not belong on pizza!

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Am I really a scientist?


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


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

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Cutting-edge history


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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Survey sheds light on bullying and discrimination at Max Planck Society

By Patrick Hughes

Thousands of researchers asked about working culture following public reports of bullying


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Analysis prompts call for publishers to be more open about the reasons a paper is withdrawn


Nitrous on the spot Index

On the spot: nitrous injection

What would you do if a flask starts spewing brown gas?

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On the spot: car coolant

What would you do if you feel drowsy while transporting dry ice?

Silo Rescue index

On the spot: silo rescue

What could cause someone to pass out on top of a silo?

On the spot

  • On the spot: nitrous injection

  • On the spot: car coolant

  • On the spot: silo rescue

  • On the spot: hot spill