Magnetic levitation

Superconductivity: the search and the scandal


Recent high profile controversies haven’t deterred scientists from searching for one of research’s ultimate prizes: room temperature superconductors. Kit Chapman reports on the claims

Drinking water

The chemists dedicated to making drinking water safer


Across the world, scientists use a variety of techniques to analyse and treat water to ensure it’s safe for us to drink. Julia Robinson talks to some of the people involved


Industry’s water sustainability crisis


As the chemical industry decarbonises, will it require more water? Angeli Mehta looks at whether there is enough to go round

Space organics

The surprising organic chemistry in interstellar space


Even in the bleak wastelands of interstellar space complex organic molecules seem to find a way to form. Anna Demming finds out how

Long reads

  • The oceans’ climate challenge

  • Marvellous mixtures of metals

  • The chemistry of love

  • An alternative approach to baking

  • The quantum dot story

  • Using DNA evidence to picture suspects

  • The drug developers fighting the antibiotic resistance problem

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