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Chemistry World

Last Retort – in memory of David Jones (1938-2017)

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    Reigniting the match

    Could some clever combustion chemistry produce a better pocket igniter?

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    Mine craft

    History’s gold diggers made a fortune using grease, fleece and froth

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    Wired for success

    The conductive power of metals has been exploited for generations

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October 2017 puzzles

1 October 2017

Download the puzzles from the October print issue of Chemistry World


Cover of A Crack in Creation by Jennifer Doudna & Sam Sternberg

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The development of Crispr, and the ethical questions raised by new genome editing techniques

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Book Club - A course in deception

Academia has everything from altering results to murder, at least in this work of fiction

A selection of legal high packets in the UK

The rising tide of 'legal highs'

Andy Extance investigates the chemistry that has helped recreational drugs evade the law, and its consequences


A photograph of a skull on a beach

A dangerous guide to beachcombing

What not to touch at the seaside

News stories about 'Ginger Jake', the spirit that caused paralysis known as 'Jake walk' during prohibition

Phosphorus chlorides

A hugely useful group of compounds that have a distinct dual personality

A satellite image of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico

Safety lessons from Hurricane Harvey

The chemical fires triggered by extreme flooding in Houston demonstrate the need to improve risk management

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