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The criteria for discovering a new element

10 May 2019By Sigurd Hofmann

Why the rules are changing in the search for superheavies

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The case for South Africa as the next pharma hub

30 April 2019By ,

Flow chemistry could drive regional manufacturing in Africa

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How Danish children discovered 10 new species of bacteria

18 April 2019By

A simple citizen science project that could lead to real-world change

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What can citizen science do for us?

2 April 2019By

Chemistry remains underrepresented in public engagement

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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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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Storytelling matters in science

Communicating ideas needs a narrative to get the point across

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How old is the Turin Shroud?

New evidence has reopened the debate on radiocarbon dating of the relic

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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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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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The Knickerbocker murders

The poisonous presents that defined the US legal system

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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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It's complicated

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

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Management by numbers

Reducing intellectual processes to metrics runs the risk of people working to the numbers not the goal

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Would you buy synthetic wine?

Can we replicate the chemical profiles of famously expensive drinks? And would people drink them?

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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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Svedberg’s ultracentrifuge

The innovation that led to a Nobel prize

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Geissler’s glassware

How the supreme glassblower of his day shows the value of technical staff

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Verneuil’s rubies

How French chemists perfected the art of making gemstones

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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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The crowdsourced analysis hoping to go viral

Crowdsourcing image analysis to better understand how viruses multiply inside cells

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How Danish children discovered 10 new species of bacteria

A simple citizen science project that could lead to real-world change

A vintage illustration showing a couple stepping out of chemistry beakers

What can citizen science do for us?

Chemistry remains underrepresented in public engagement

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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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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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Tackling a chemical supply shortage

What happens when you run out of feedstock

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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