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Picking the right problems


Why working on something that’s just ‘interesting’ is not enough

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Letters: November 2019

2019-11-15T14:16:00+00:00By Chemistry World

Your thoughts on burnout, degradation and the breakdown of the periodic table

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How can we tackle fake science news?


Complex topics make bogus research news even harder to tackle – but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try

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John Hartwig: ‘There’s a lot of distrust of science’


The catalysis innovator on the thrills of heading to the mountains and having a reaction named after him

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Paternò–Büchi reaction

2019-11-12T14:13:00+00:00By Sally Bloodworth

A 45-year puzzle that started on a sunny Italian rooftop

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Electrolytes are no longer a postscript to the battery story


Just because electrolytes are effectively inert, doesn’t mean they can’t be sophisticated

Last retort

Organic matter

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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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Harnessing plants and microbes to tackle environmental pollution

Eucharia Nwaichi is using biochemistry to clean up one of the most polluted places on Earth

From the editors

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Letters: November 2019

Your thoughts on burnout, degradation and the breakdown of the periodic table