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Periodic Table

Why the periodic table won't connect with the general public

12 December 2018By Roger Highfield

‘Chemistry’ still has about as much resonance as ‘annual tax return’

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Family-friendly science

20 November 2018By David Smith

We need to encourage working fathers to take on more childcare responsibilities

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Does Ada Lovelace belong on the £50 note?

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Tales from the amazing life of the self-proclaimed ‘bride of science’

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Rothamsted, revisited

16 October 2018By John Gilbey

A look back at 175 years of continuous agricultural experiment

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Why we must redefine success

9 October 2018By

The battle against bias requires compassion, not metrics

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Phil Ball

Philip Ball

PHIL BALL is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster who explores the history and philosophy of chemistry

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Is life the sum of its chemical parts?

Unravelling the mysteries of our cells

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The riddle of the ribosome

Our protein factories hold important lessons on optimal design

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The physicist's guide to biology

How Erwin Schrödinger’s What is Life? overlooked the central science

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Raychelle Burks

Raychelle Burks

RAYCHELLE BURKS is an assistant professor in the US, who dissects and dismembers cases from the world of forensic science

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The Knickerbocker murders

The poisonous presents that defined the US legal system

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Beating the scopolamine clock

New techniques could increase the window to detect predatory drug poisoning

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A lunchtime killer?

The deaths of 21 people are suspected to have been caused by workplace poisoning

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Derek Lowe

DEREK LOWE is a medicinal chemist in the US, sharing wit and wisdom gained from a life spent in preclinical drug discovery

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What would a 1980s student make of modern research?

Nano- and macromolecular science might make for a shocking read in the launderette

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The projects drug companies wish they’d never started

Failures are common in drug research, but some are bigger than others

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Living the lie

The mind of a serial fraudster must be an odd place indeed

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Andrea Sella

Andrea Sella

ANDREA SELLA is a professor of inorganic chemistry in the UK, with a passion for unravelling the unlikely origins of scientific kit

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The Koflers’ hotbench

Why do we bother with melting point measurements?

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Descroizilles’ Berthollimêtre

The story of how a French chemist discovered titration

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Argand’s lamp

The innovation that gave light to the world

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Mark Peplow

Mark Peplow

MARK PEPLOW is a UK journalist and former editor of Chemistry World with an incisive take on science that's hitting headlines

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The hot topics in chemistry after six years of Critical Point

In his final column, Mark Peplow gives his verdict on careers, collaboration and public engagement

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Evidence in the fake news era

Independent scientific advice is about to collide with partisan politics

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There is no one answer to improving diversity

Grassroots initiatives and larger projects are both vital weapons in the battle for equality

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CHEMJOBBER is a US-based process chemist, telling tales of tank reactors and organic obstacles from within the chemical industry

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How do you keep plant reactions cold?

When a really big tub of ice just doesn’t cut it

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Tackling a chemical supply shortage

What happens when you run out of feedstock

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Finding the missing mass

When the numbers don’t add up, chemists must restore the balance

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Organic matter

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Cluster fundamentals

12 December 2018

Stefanie Dehnen discusses the exotic structures of inorganic chemistry’s middle ground

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Surface chemistry for biological questions

28 November 2018

Rasmita Raval discusses her career exploring the complex behaviour of molecule–surface systems and what it has to do with antibiotic resistance and the origin of life

Simon Billinge

The luck of the materials scientist

18 October 2018

Studying the structure of disordered materials is complicated, but Simon Billinge explains how it opens the door to designer materials with desired properties

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