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    Potash on a megascale

    2016-03-11T00:00:00Z

    A new mine could produce up to 20 million tonnes of potash each year and provide 1000 jobs – but it’s in a national park. Michael Freemantle reports

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    When is an enzyme not a protein?

    2016-02-29T00:00:00Z

    When it’s a ribozyme. Clare Sansom reports

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    The white stuff

    2016-02-22T00:00:00Z

    With potential health concerns raised over nanosize forms of TiO2, Emma Davies explores the ubiquitous white pigment’s past, present and future

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    Molecular machines

    2016-02-16T00:00:00Z

    Victoria Richards investigates the world of artificial molecular machines

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    Age of the phage

    2016-02-08T00:00:00Z

    Hayley Birch discovers how researchers are using proteins from viruses to create new antimicrobial drugs

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    A volatile question

    2016-01-29T00:00:00Z

    VOCs are more than just a man-made problem. Anthony King looks through the wood to the trees

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    The cutting edge of gene editing

    2016-01-22T00:00:00Z

    The new gene-editing tool Crispr is taking the scientific world by storm, reports Katrina Megget

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    Raiders of the lost steel

    2016-01-15T00:00:00Z

    The skills behind the legendary sharpness of wootz steel were once forgotten, but Andy Extance talks to the researchers unsheathing its secrets

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    The natural food dye revolution

    2016-01-08T00:00:00Z

    As consumers turn their backs on artificial food colorants, food scientists learn how to work with natural alternatives. Sarah Houlton investigates

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    Bones of contention

    2015-12-23T00:00:00Z

    Can protein in dinosaur bones survive for millions of years? Rachel Brazil explores the evidence

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    The bonds that bind

    2015-12-21T00:00:00Z

    Mike Sutton plots the journey of the scientists who solved the riddle of chemical bonding

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    Sers and the rise of the Raman empire

    2015-12-16T00:00:00Z

    Dermot Martin looks at how Sers was invented and how it is expanding its sphere of influence

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    Going for gold

    2015-12-11T00:00:00Z

    Nina Notman looks at attempts to reduce the environmental impacts of small-scale gold mining

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    Well-tempered chocolate

    2015-12-01T00:00:00Z

    Nina Notman discovers that controlling crystal structures and emulsions is the key to good chocolate

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    A radical rethink

    2015-11-27T00:00:00Z

    Free radicals might not be the bad guys they’ve been painted as

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    Dating the age of humans

    2015-11-20T00:00:00Z

    Physical science is helping archaeologists close in on the real answers behind the mysteries of human evolution, finds Ida Emilie Steinmark

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    Molecule-making microbes

    2015-11-13T00:00:00Z

    Extracting terpene drugs from plants is difficult and wasteful, so pharma companies are looking to biosynthesis, as Emiliano Feresin discovers

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    The dream of zeolite design

    2015-10-30T00:00:00Z

    Zeolites are important industrial catalysts, so why can’t chemists make them to order? Andrew Turley finds out

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    The origin of homochirality

    2015-10-26T00:00:00Z

    Why do so many biological molecules exist in just one chirality – and how did it emerge? Rachel Brazil reflects on life’s strange asymmetry

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    The house that DNA built

    2015-10-19T00:00:00Z

    The 2015 chemistry Nobel prize was awarded to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for DNA repair. Matthew Gunther reconstructs their story