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Hydrogen storage gets real


As production costs fall and demand is poised to rocket, James Mitchell Crow finds the hydrogen economy is finally ready for take-off – as long as we can find ways to store it

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Chemical clocks for archaeological artefacts


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

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Enhancing solvents' sustainability

7 August 2019

Increased recycling and replacing toxic solvents with greener alternatives will reduce environmental impact

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Curbing industry’s carbon emissions

16 July 2019

Replacing fossil-fuelled furnaces with renewable electrical heating and cutting carbon from some heavy industries could make a serious dent in climate targets

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Female scientists’ pages keep disappearing from Wikipedia – what’s going on?

3 July 2019

A deletion battle over a black female chemist’s biography has put Wikipedia’s gender gap in the spotlight

  • 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

  • The art of the periodic table

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

Primo Levi and the other periodic table


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


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