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Zhenan Bao: 'We just had to dream big'


The flexible electronics maven talks about science’s biggest problem, orchids and Campbell’s chicken noodle soup

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Fresenius’ wash bottle


The link between spa treatments and a common piece of lab equipment

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No panacea for a pandemic


Science doesn’t have easy answers for Covid-19

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Time for industry to show its humanity


Companies need to demonstrate community spirit in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

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Visiting chemical plants


Seeing how other chemists do their work can be an eye-opening experience, in more ways than one

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An affinity for astatine


Plucking out the secrets of the mysterious element

Last retort

Organic matter

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Unlocking geological time capsules with analytical chemistry

Blavatnik award winner Kirsty Penkman discusses her research developing techniques to date fossils

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Structuring a crystallographic database

Matt Lightfoot on navigating a career around the Cambridge Structural Database

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Cleaning up misinterpreted forensic evidence

Ruth Morgan is on the case of incorrect court rulings

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  • Fit to 3D print

  • No quick fix for declining degree applications

  • What we need to know to make our labs safer

  • Cards on the table

  • Being trans in academia