In profile

  • 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!

  • 'Beyoncé's assistant helped me star on The Big Bang Theory...'

  • In situ with Tomas Lindahl

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Just six sexual harassment complaints were received by four of the US’s top funding bodies – over four years


Nasa, energy and agriculture departments and National Institutes of Health all received fewer than three complaints

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It’s all a matter of fairness


Won’t somebody think of the children?

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Accessible science education


Nina Notman hears from some of the leading lights in the quest to make chemistry education accessible to all

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Canadian pilot to diversify research based on UK’s Athena Swan


Scheme aims to help universities in Canada increase participation of women and other minorities in science

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Test your knowledge

We have teamed up with JMP to develop a series of quizzes, testing your knowledge of experimental design and statistics

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Think you know about experimentation?

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Analysis prompts call for publishers to be more open about the reasons a paper is withdrawn


Silo Rescue index

On the spot: silo rescue

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

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The deadly domino effect

People trying to save victims of gas poisoning can suffer tragic consequences

On the spot Hot Spill index

On the spot: hot spill

How would you help someone with tar burns?

On the spot

  • On the spot: silo rescue

  • On the spot: hot spill

  • On the spot: keyboard contamination

  • On the spot: corrosive collapse