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  • An image showing scientists replacing locks on a membrane
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    Changing the locks

    2019-05-20T10:28:00Z

    Designer receptors help understand cellular signals and could treat epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease, but need new tools, finds Andy Extance

  • An image showing a children crossing sign
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    The problem of particulate air pollution

    2019-05-13T09:59:00Z

    Small particles in the air can find their way into the brains of growing children, with seriously unpleasant consequences. Anthony King reports

  • An image showing a mosquito biting
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    Malaria no more?

    2019-04-29T09:37:00Z

    Efforts to cure malaria have been going on for hundreds of years. Clare Sansom looks at some of the latest – and most innovative

  • An image showing droplets on a rose petal; the fine surface structure of one of the droplets can be seen
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    Superhydrophobic materials from nature

    2019-04-15T09:43:00Z

    Chemists who want to make materials that repel water but do not contain fluorocarbons are taking their inspiration from nature, Rachel Brazil finds

  • An image showing boron and molecular orbital interactions
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    There’s something about boron

    2019-04-08T13:59:00Z

    Boron’s chemistry is as much defined by what it isn’t – carbon, or a metal – as by what it is. Recent years have started to fix this misconception, as James Mitchell Crow reports

  • An artistic representation of the periodic table based on the shape of a shell
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    The art of the periodic table

    2019-03-25T11:23:00Z

    The venerable chart of elements has inspired and entertained in its first 150 years. Hayley Bennett looks at some of its weird, wacky – and wise – incarnations

  • A picture of a shirt in a size too small
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    The battle to lose weight

    2019-03-11T09:33:00Z

    Losing weight – and not putting it back on – is about much more than willpower. Nina Notman reports on the drugs trying to penetrate the complex metabolic web of hunger and satiety. 

  • A conceptual image of biodegradable plastic
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    Searching for biodegradable polymers

    2019-02-25T10:01:00Z

    Plastics that break down in the environment could be the answer to our pollution worries, Aisling Irwin finds – but only if they are useful in the first place

  • An image showing perovskite crystal structures
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    Perovskites beyond solar cells

    2019-02-18T11:50:00Z

    From solar cells and LEDs to catalysts and quantum computing, James Mitchell Crow asks if there is anything perovskites can’t do

  • A picture showing mass poisoning instances throughout history
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    Pass the antidote

    2019-02-12T14:35:00Z

    From paracetamol to pesticides – not to mention nerve agents – there are many toxic compounds that doctors need to be able to counteract. Nina Notman investigates 

  • A picture showing factors that might make a person look younger or older
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    Can we live forever?

    2019-01-28T09:58:00Z

    We are now living longer than ever before, but not always in perfect health. Anthony King talks to the researchers working to extend our healthspan

  • Plasmonics - Conceptual artwork
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    Forcing reactions with plasmons

    2019-01-21T09:34:00Z

    Traditional catalysts can lack both efficiency and selectivity. Tim Wogan explains how plasmons offer the potential to do chemistry with a lighter touch

  • A picture of the Renishaw Biological Analyser
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    Ready for a Raman shift

    2019-01-14T14:32:00Z

    Raman spectroscopy has been seen as a tool for physicists and chemists but Hayley Bennett finds it has the potential to cause a major shift in the way we do medicine

  • Hero illustration showing question marks with different forms of chemical elements as dots
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    What is an element?

    2019-01-10T09:26:00Z

    Our understanding of what an element is has evolved over the years, but it’s still a tricky concept to nail down. Philip Ball investigates

  • A picture of Mendeleev with his 1869 periodic table
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    The father of the periodic table

    2019-01-02T09:26:00Z

    Mike Sutton looks at how Mendeleev’s patience revealed periodicity in the elements

  • A photograph of the International Space Station
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    Science in microgravity

    2018-12-17T10:04:00Z

    How does gravity affect chemistry and biology? More than you might think – and you don’t have to visit space to find out, as Rachel Brazil discovers

  • Women in Science - Martha Annie Whiteley
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    Science, suffrage and misogyny

    2018-12-10T09:32:00Z

    100 years after women could first vote in UK general elections, Rachel Brazil looks back at their fight for professional equality in chemistry

  • Wine sample preparation for testing
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    A taste of wine chemistry

    2018-11-27T13:24:00Z

    Nina Notman talks to the wine detectives uncovering the flavour molecules in our favourite tipples

  • Half-cooked turkey
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    The marvellous Maillard reaction

    2018-11-19T09:21:00Z

    Andy Extance looks at the culinary reaction cascade that goes beyond Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner and has worrying links to health

  • Pile of rusty First World War One artillery grenade shells
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    The great war clean-up

    2018-11-11T09:29:00Z

    A century after the end of the first world war, the task of disposing of old chemical weapons continues. Michael Freemantle reports