Long reads

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Renewable energy in China

23 February 2018By

Huge investments and cutting-edge research are helping China to pioneer innovations in clean energy technologies, reports Mark Peplow

Jupiter's tumultuous atmosphere

Life on other planets

19 January 2018By

A series of missions to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn has revealed their potential to harbour life. Nina Notman looks to the skies

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Carolyn Bertozzi

12 January 2018By

One-time heavy rocker Carolyn Bertozzi has made a name for herself with hit papers and sound science. Sarah Houlton charts her path to success

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Beer: Music to your taste buds

1 December 2017By

Andy Extance goes on tour in the UK and Belgium and compares the science behind the different processes used by craft and mass brewers

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Cryo-EM: a cold, hard look at biology

13 October 2017By

Super cool microscopy wins the 2017 Nobel prize in chemistry

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Photoredox: charge of the LED brigade

20 September 2017By

Forget fluorescent light bulbs, photochemistry has become a lot more sophisticated

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The rising tide of 'legal highs'

6 September 2017By

Andy Extance investigates the chemistry that has helped recreational drugs evade the law, and its consequences

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Hofmann's chemistry factory

10 August 2017By Brigitte Osterath

How two German chemists shaped chemistry education and research in Britain

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Quantum chemistry on quantum computers

21 July 2017By

The special properties of quantum computers should make them ideal for accurately modelling chemical systems, Philip Ball discovers

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Science's problem with unconscious bias

22 June 2017By ,

Kit Chapman looks at how people are tackling the hidden biases holding sections of society back in pursuing a career in science

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Raiders of the lost pigments

8 May 2017By Rachel Brazil

The old sculptures in museums have lost their original colour, but chemistry can help us discover how they used to look

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Hydrothermal vents and the origins of life

16 April 2017By Rachel Brazil

Did life start on land or underwater?

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MOFs find a use

28 March 2017By

Nina Notman takes stock of the first products containing metal–organic frameworks to hit the shelves

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Smartphone recycling

20 March 2017By

Although smartphones contain a host of valuable metals, getting at them is the tricky bit. Emma Davies reports

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Shedding light on the dark proteome

13 February 2017By

Around half of all human proteins are a mystery. What do they look like, asks Phil Ball

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Chemical fossils

2 February 2017By

Andy Extance finds out what organic molecules made by microorganisms and plants far in the past can tell us about climate

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Urban air pollution

12 January 2017By

Nina Notman meets the chemists breathing fresh air into urban air pollution research

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What it takes to make a new element

30 November 2016By

Yuri Oganessian tells us how nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson were made

Chemistry in a garden shed

Hobby chemists

22 November 2016By

Is doing chemistry at home possible today? Sarah Houlton finds out

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14 October 2016By

The three winners of this year’s chemistry Nobel gave chemists the tools to make molecules into machines. Emma Stoye assembles the story