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Borrowing scientific theories

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Can re-purposed science help us understand more than the physical world? Rachel Brazil talks to the scientists trying to play swap

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Separating turmeric fact from fiction

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Thousands of papers have been published on curcumin’s healing potential, but its usefulness is not yet proven, finds Andy Extance

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A battery technology worth its salt

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With lithium-containing batteries facing constraints on many of the metals they contain, Nina Notman looks at whether its group 1 neighbour sodium can supply the answer

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Single-atom catalysis

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Single atom and hierarchical nanopore catalysts are reducing the need for precious metals, and could clean up the energy and chemical industries, finds Andy Extance

The lithium pioneers

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Katrina Krämer traces the full story of how lithium-ion batteries won the 2019 Nobel prize

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  • A persistent perfluorinated problem

  • The forgotten female crystallographer who discovered C–H⋯O bonds

  • Primo Levi and the other periodic table

  • Victor Ninov and the element that never was

  • Accessible science education

  • Superhydrophobic materials from nature

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Concrete’s carbon problem

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The world’s most common building material has a huge carbon footprint. Angeli Mehta talks to the scientists trying to reduce it

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Stem cell hype

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Many clinics around the world offer unproven treatments, while genuine therapies are slowly making their way through trials. Anthony King reports