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  • An image showing drawings of historical artefacts
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    Chemical clocks for archaeological artefacts

    2019-08-05T09:57:00Z

     Radiocarbon dating is a standard technique, but what if your artefacts are inorganic? Rachel Brazil finds out how to accurately age pottery and even metals

  • An image showing a landscape where a big wildfire can be seen on the horizon
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    Firing up an air pollution problem

    2019-07-22T09:57:00Z

    Wild fires adversely affect air quality nearby and far beyond. Nina Notman investigates this escalating problem

  • An image showing the first step on the Moon
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    What is the moon made of?

    2019-07-15T09:31:00Z

    Mike Sutton looks at what we’ve learned about the moon’s chemistry in the 50 years since Apollo 11

  • An illustrated portrait of June Sutor
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    The forgotten female crystallographer who discovered C–H⋯O bonds

    2019-07-08T09:06:00Z

    Andy Extance tells the overlooked story of crystallographer June Sutor, whose C–H⋯O bonding hypothesis was unjustly suppressed

  • A photograph of Primo Levi; the tile of the chapters in his book, The Periodic Table, are written around him
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    Primo Levi and the other periodic table

    2019-06-24T09:51:00Z

    Author and chemist Primo Levi was born 100 years ago this July. Philip Ball looks at his chemical and literary legacy – including his books The Periodic Table and If This Is a Man

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    Taking a leaf out of plants’ books

    2019-06-17T10:00:00Z

    Learning to mimic natural photosynthesis on an industrial scale might open the door to a fossil fuel-free future. Nina Notman investigates

  • An image showing a scrunched up piece of paper with the details of element 118 - Ninovium - Written down
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    Victor Ninov and the element that never was

    2019-06-10T09:35:00Z

     20 years on, Kit Chapman investigates how a scientific scandal unfolded

  • A conceptual image showing the disability icon ascending on a slope formed by a graduation hat; the Braille alphabet and the alphabet in sign language can be seen on the background
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    Accessible science education

    2019-05-28T09:30:00Z

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

  • 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 

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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