Long reads

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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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Supraheroes

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

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Refugee scientists

23 September 2016By Rachel Brazil

Rachel Brazil looks at schemes to help refugee scientists in the past, present and future

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The age of eternity

18 August 2016By Robert Reed

What if the price of eternal youth is more than people can pay? Robert Reed looks at a beautiful future

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Testing times

17 August 2016By John Gilbey

A look at the future without chemistry as we know it

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Searching for complexity

13 May 2016By

Anthony King finds out what makes Lee Cronin tick

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Harry Kroto 1939–2016

10 May 2016By

Neil Withers pays tribute to Harry Kroto, who died recently

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The cutting edge of gene editing

22 January 2016By Katrina Megget

The new gene-editing tool Crispr is taking the scientific world by storm, reports Katrina Megget

Explorations in chemical space

Navigating chemical space

29 September 2015By

Fully exploring the ocean of possible compounds – even computationally – is impossible, finds Philip Ball

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Agatha Christie, the queen of crime chemistry

28 August 2015By Kathryn Harkup

Kathryn Harkup looks at how Agatha Christie used chemistry in her detective novels