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Chemistry World

Derek Lowe

Doors leading to alternate realities

Alternate chemical realities


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?


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

0317CW - In The Pipeline

Outlines of ignorance


There’s a lot about chemistry that we just don’t understand very well yet

Scuba diver

Drug regulation is a burden worth bearing


Calls to break down regulatory barriers show a misunderstanding of the industry

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Philip Ball

Rare earth metals, conceptual image - Index

The group 3 dilemma


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

3D Pear

Digesting the printable meal


Synthesised food is unlikely to sate our appetites soon

0317CW - The Crucible

Polymer amphiphiles could help reveal the origins of life


Spontaneous shapes and reactions to light may explain how protocells form

Anonymous crowd of people walking in the street

Science communication in the post-truth era


Do popular science articles make the public overconfident about their own expertise?

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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


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


The reason we love eating irritants like chillis and ginger

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