All articles by Philip Ball – Page 15

  • Opinion

    Scientific Reality Shows


    I'm no fan of reality TV. But watching people just going about their business can be fascinating, says Philip Ball

  • Feature

    Proteins unravelled


    Philip Ball explores the phenomenon of protein unfolding, and considers new techniques for keeping the egg unscrambled

  • Opinion

    Scientific Debate


    Three chemists have resurrected the art of science debate by publishing their conversations on the nature of bonds. This is science that makes you smile, says Philip Ball

  • Opinion

    The scientific wrinkles of facial rejuvenation


    Could red light and green tea really give 'facial rejuvenation'? Philip Ball looks at the intriguing science behind this new claim

  • Opinion

    Hunger for h-index


    Philip Ball rakes through the findings of new research into the h-index and unearths some top tips for citation-hungry researchers

  • Opinion

    The power of salinity


    Philip Ball looks at a new device that creates energy from salinity differences between fresh and sea water

  • Opinion

    A nose for nanoparticles


    Zinc nanoparticles appear to have the ability to make odorants smell stronger and could a give a valuable insight into how olfaction works, says Philip Ball

  • News

    Researchers form first liquid protein


    Chemists in the UK have figured out how to convert pure proteins into a liquid state, without any solvent

  • Opinion

    Polyhedra of the past


    Today polyhedra speak to chemists of fullerenes and other cage molecules. But they once had a very different meaning, says Philip Ball

  • Review

    In Brief


    Short review items

  • Periodic table of the elements – 82 – Lead



    Phil Ball explores the multifaceted ways of lead (also known as plumbum)

  • Opinion

    From flaws to fraud


    Philip Ball asks if fraud is a result of communication breakdowns

  • Review

    Nature's tapestry



  • Opinion

    Golden garments


    Simple nanoscience is bringing the legendary Golden Fleece to life in the form of merino wool dyed with gold. Philip Ball links myth to modern science

  • Opinion

    The upsides to amyloid proteins


    Unwinding protein fibrils could give a glimpse of how peptides survived on early Earth

  • Opinion

    Making use of molecular motions


    Thermal motions on the molecular scale are not just useless noise, discovers Philip Ball

  • Opinion

    The science of scents is not simple


    The flowery language of fragrance chemistry doesn't distract Philip Ball from the sharp scent of olfactory understanding

  • Feature

    Feynman's fancy


    Richard Feynman's famous talk on atom-by-atom assembly is often credited with kick-starting nanotechnology. Fifty years on, Philip Ball investigates how influential it really was

  • Opinion

    The utility of oxidation states


    Oxidation state is a convenient fiction, but the concept is far from meaningless, writes Philip Ball

  • Feature

    Literary reactions


    Chemistry makes occasional appearances in fiction but rarely takes centre stage. Philip Ball unearths chemistry's fictional roles