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  • Chemical plant at night
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    The atmospheric nitrogen question

    2018-10-22T09:15:00Z

    Pollutants, key atmospheric components and vital fertilisers: nitrogen compounds are all of these, as Emma Davies finds out

  • An illustration depicting evolution in the laboratory
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    How chemical evolution took the 2018 chemistry Nobel prize

    2018-10-12T13:19:00Z

    Emma Stoye has the full story of how Frances Arnold, George Smith and Greg Winter put evolution to work in the lab

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    Are the Nobel prizes good for science?

    2018-10-01T09:06:00Z

    Philip Ball looks at whether prizes and awards help or hinder scientific progress

  • Nuclear medicine hero
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    The nuclear option

    2018-09-24T10:05:00Z

    Using radioisotopes to image inside patients’ bodies – nuclear medicine – is under threat from ageing reactors. James Mitchell Crow discovers the new science trying to fix the problem

  • amino acids soup
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    Why are there 20 amino acids?

    2018-09-17T09:34:00Z

    Rachel Brazil tries to untangle the alphabet soup of life

  • Close-up of the nanospray apparatus used in electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry (ESI-MS)
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    Medical mass spec

    2018-09-10T09:42:00Z

    Mass spectrometry can be used for more than just small molecules, meaning it is a vital tool in drug discovery and hospitals, as Clare Sansom discovers

  • Chemical compounds
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    Reaching a milestone

    2018-09-03T09:33:00Z

    The decade-long process to register all chemicals used in Europe has concluded. Nina Notman takes stock of progress and looks to the next steps for chemical legislation in the region

  • Earth's atmosphere
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    Ozone: the hole story

    2018-08-28T09:31:00Z

    There is still a long road to recovery for the ozone layer, Emma Stoye finds

  • Illustration depicting the quest to cure HIV
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    The quest to cure HIV

    2018-08-21T09:33:00Z

     Although HIV–Aids can now be managed quite well with antiretroviral drugs, there is still no cure. Anthony King talks to the scientists trying to find one 

  • Illustration of plants bearing tablets and drug capsules as flowers
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    From folklore to pharmacy

    2018-08-13T09:33:00Z

    Although many drugs have in the past come from plants, Hayley Bennett discovers that it’s hard work getting them approved today 

  • 3 to 2 ratio pic of Derek Barton
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    Derek Barton and shape-shifting molecules

    2018-08-06T09:34:00Z

    It’s 100 years since Derek Barton was born. Mike Sutton looks at his work developing conformational analysis

  • Hydrogen hero illustration
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    Hydrogen: still the fuel of the future?

    2018-07-30T09:02:00Z

    Is the dream of a hydrogen-fuelled future still a pipe dream, or is it in the pipeline? Angeli Mehta investigates

  • 150 years of helium index gif
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    150 years of helium

    2018-07-23T09:41:00Z

    Humanity took a long time to notice the second most common chemical element in the universe, James Mitchell Crow notes. Today we would struggle to do without it

  • mechanochemical purple index
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    Introducing mechanochemistry

    2018-07-16T09:38:00Z

    Mechanochemical synthesis offers a different way to make compounds. Nina Notman asks whether we should all get grinding

  • Glass blower Stan Sheldon at University of California, Riverside in 2013
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    Glass: the chemist’s best friend

    2018-07-06T11:43:00Z

    Where would we be without our glassware? Tabitha Watson looks through the history and current state of chemistry’s favourite amorphous solid

  • Rusted metal sheet
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    The nanocoatings holding back corrosion

    2018-06-29T11:56:00Z

    Corrosion is an age-old problem, but some of the latest solutions are distinctly 21st century. Rachel Brazil reports

  • Aerial shot of the Getty Conservation Institute campus
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    The art of conservation

    2018-06-22T16:22:00Z

    The Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles is developing innovative new approaches to art conservation. Fiona Case paid them a visit

  • Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC - close-up of 'Equal justice under law'
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    Forensics in crisis

    2018-06-15T12:35:00Z

    High-profile cases of scientific misconduct at forensics labs are upending the legal system and casting doubt on the wider field, Rebecca Trager finds

  • Synapse Chemistry - Synapse illustration
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    The chemistry of synapses

    2018-06-08T11:57:00Z

    Scientists are decoding the brain’s exquisite molecular machinery – but there is still a long way to go, finds Andy Extance

  • An image showing a coast guard attempting burning off oil leaking from sunken rig
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    Oil spill cleanup

    2018-06-01T14:09:00Z

    Is the cure worse than the disease? Katrina Krämer looks at the new alternatives to traditional dispersants and surfactants