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Chemistry World

Derek Lowe

Biotrail building in Rennes, France

Unpicking a clinical trial death

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A new study shows up off-target effects of a drug that proved deadly, and highlights the pitfalls of drug discovery

Drug warning labels

How safe should drugs be?

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What does spotting new risks in approved medicines say about how effective regulators are?

Doors leading to alternate realities

Alternate chemical realities

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What would chemistry look like if key discoveries had happened differently?

CW0417 - In The Pipeline

How does being a chemist change your view on the world?

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Scientific knowledge and analysis shape our view, but can also be selectively ignored

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Philip Ball

0717CW - The Crucible - Atom concept

What is an atom?

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A hard look at the quantum theory of atoms in molecules

C0112027 Prehistoric volcanoes artwork

Did life emerge from hell on Earth?

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Why our origins may lie in the Hadean era, 4 billion years ago

Rare earth metals, conceptual image - Index

The group 3 dilemma

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Lanthanum and actinium, or lutetium and lawrencium? Time to pick a side

3D Pear

Digesting the printable meal

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Synthesised food is unlikely to sate our appetites soon

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Food, glorious food

Japanese miso soup in a white bowl on the table. horizontal view from above

Using microbes to explore new flavours

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Microbes are often enemies in the kitchen, but when used can add new dimensions to cooking

Gingerbread man

Why pain is part of making food delicious

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The reason we love eating irritants like chillis and ginger

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