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From folklore to pharmacy

13 August 2018By

Although many drugs have in the past come from plants, Hayley Bennett discovers that it’s hard work getting them approved today

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Derek Barton and shape-shifting molecules

6 August 2018By

It’s 100 years since Derek Barton was born. Mike Sutton looks at his work developing conformational analysis

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Hydrogen: still the fuel of the future?

30 July 2018By

Is the dream of a hydrogen-fuelled future still a pipe dream, or is it in the pipeline? Angeli Mehta investigates

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150 years of helium

23 July 2018By

Humanity took a long time to notice the second most common chemical element in the universe, James Mitchell Crow notes. Today we would struggle to do without it

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Introducing mechanochemistry

16 July 2018By

Mechanochemical synthesis offers a different way to make compounds. Nina Notman asks whether we should all get grinding

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Glass: the chemist’s best friend

6 July 2018By

Where would we be without our glassware? Tabitha Watson looks through the history and current state of chemistry’s favourite amorphous solid

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The nanocoatings holding back corrosion

29 June 2018By Rachel Brazil

Corrosion is an age-old problem, but some of the latest solutions are distinctly 21st century. Rachel Brazil reports

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The art of conservation

22 June 2018By

The Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles is developing innovative new approaches to art conservation. Fiona Case paid them a visit

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How to become a chemistry teacher

15 August 2018By

Teaching can be an intense but rewarding and refreshing career change

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The art of crafting conferences

24 July 2018By Rachel Brazil

The benefits and challenges of three approaches to scientific meetings

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An Antarctic researcher's field diary

6 May 2018By

Karen Assmann records her latest expedition to the world’s southern continent

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