Long reads

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Forensics in crisis

15 June 2018By

High-profile cases of scientific misconduct at forensics labs are upending the legal system and casting doubt on the wider field, Rebecca Trager finds

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Ethics in chemistry

18 May 2018By

Nina Notman asks whether chemists should be giving more consideration to the ethics of their research

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Understanding Alzheimer’s

11 May 2018By

After hundreds of failed drug candidates, James Mitchell Crow asks if this is the last roll of the dice for the amyloid theory of Alzheimer’s disease

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The molecular basis of circadian rhythms

4 May 2018By

Every cell of every organism has its own little clock, but what makes it tick? Fiona Case finds out

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Go with the fold

30 March 2018By

From a seemingly impossible problem a few years ago, some researchers think that predicting the folded structures of protein could be solved pretty soon. James Mitchell Crow reports

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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

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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