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Why we must redefine success

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The battle against bias requires compassion, not metrics

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‘Chemists dismissed us as being too biologically focused’

4 October 2018By Martina Hestericová

How directed evolution winning the chemistry Nobel is going to change my field

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commentTeaching can be a challenge… especially when you’ve never studied your subject

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Beating the scopolamine clock

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New techniques could increase the window to detect predatory drug poisoning

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Without reliable publishing, why be a scientist?

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The cost of publishing problems could put off a generation of researchers

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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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The physicist's guide to biology

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

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Is there life on Mars?

Signs of liquid water on Mars are no space oddity

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Preserving the Naica Cave of Crystals

Visitors are changing the chemistry of a natural wonder of the world

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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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A lunchtime killer?

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

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Death of a Renaissance Man

Two unsolved deaths in Medici Florence may finally have a solution

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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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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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Feeding the confusion

When it comes to working out what foods do to our bodies, mostly we just don’t know

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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 innovation that gave light to the world

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The forgotten British contribution to the Haber–Bosch process

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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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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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Time to rewrite the textbooks

How science corrects is an important lesson in the classroom

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The China CFC dilemma

New production breaking the Montreal Protocol demands a concerted response

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Chemjobber

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

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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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Beyond buckets and batches

Embracing flow chemistry means leaving behind some faithful friends

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Lights – camera – catalysis!

23 August 2018

Like thousands of chemists worldwide, Bert Weckhuysen is a keen photographer. More unusually, however, he has found a way to bring his hobby and his research together

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Down on the body farm

25 June 2018

Wrexham Glyndŵr University has a gruesome secret

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From cement to batteries with help from a wombat

17 January 2018

Vanessa Peterson is in the fast lane when it comes to relating atomic-scale structures to a material’s function

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