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(When) will we go to the moon again?

31 July 2019By

Will people follow in the footsteps of the Apollo astronauts any time soon?

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Misconduct investigators, show your work

31 July 2019By Bart Kahr, Mark Hollingsworth

Weighting transparency and confidentiality in scientific misconduct investigations

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Do you know about C–H‧‧‧O?

9 July 2019By Scott Horowitz, Ray Trievel, Steve Scheiner, Carl Schwalbe

The C–H‧‧‧O hydrogen bond controversy has long been resolved – we should tell our students

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Taking the k out of kinetics

26 June 2019By Sebastian Kozuch

Even if classic kinetics are correct, that doesn’t mean we can’t fix them

Philip Ball

Philip Ball

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

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Machine-learning Mendeleevs have rediscovered the periodic table

Exposing new dimensions in the relationships between elements

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What happens when life has a limited vocabulary?

The longest synthetic genome shows us life is more complicated than just learning your AGCs

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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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Smoking out the truth about poisoned cigarettes

It could be lights out when you light up…

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The deadly domino effect

People trying to save victims of gas poisoning can suffer tragic consequences

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Near-death by chocolate

The forensics that puts dodgy confectionary behind bars

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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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Has x-ray had its day?

Will the giant of structure determination be toppled by blasts from electron beams?

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The silent rise of the robots

Mechanical helpers have been creeping into our labs for decades

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It's complicated

In a complex world, binary answers are often requested but rarely sufficient

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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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Kathleen Lonsdale’s crystallography tables

No princes were needed on the quest for structure factors

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Maudslay's micrometer

A revolution in metalworking tools

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Svedberg’s ultracentrifuge

The innovation that led to a Nobel prize

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Alice Motion

Alice Motion

ALICE MOTION is a lecturer in chemical education and outreach at the University of Sydney, Australia, and explores citizen science in the chemistry community

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Bringing video games into the protein fold

Citizen scientists use a computer game to design brand new proteins

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The Solar Army marches on

High school students in Puerto Rico are using chemistry to combat climate change

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The crowdsourced analysis hoping to go viral

Crowdsourcing image analysis to better understand how viruses multiply inside cells

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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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Fluorine: the T rex of the periodic table

Pass out the nickel superalloy reactor kit, it’s time to tame that most reactive of elements

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Dealing with gases in the plant

More than just purging and venting

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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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Last retort

Organic matter

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Harnessing plants and microbes to tackle environmental pollution

29 March 2019

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

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The protein crystallisation influencer

5 March 2019

Naomi Chayen discusses her career manipulating phase diagrams to produce high-quality protein crystals

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Cluster fundamentals

12 December 2018

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

From the editors

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Letters: July 2019

Your thoughts on plastic pollution and the best ways of ensuring lab safety