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Women athletes competing in cycling road race

News

British cyclist’s doping case raises questions over testing precision

Lizzy Banks’ case puts exceptional sensitivity of tests under scrutiny

History of data storage

Feature

Is DNA the future of digital data storage?

DNA is being explored as a long-term solution to preserving digital information for future generations. Nina Notman reports

Condenser

News

How can your lab cut water use in reflux reactions?

Practical advice builds on a new study comparing air-cooled condensers

Whisky barrels

Feature

The wonder of whisky

Kit Chapman takes a closer look at the chemistry of the water of life, from the slow reactions of its ageing to testing for fakes

A headshot of Martti Harmoinen wearing a red shirt and black cardigan in the countryside

Harmoinen’s inverter drives and a crucial step towards reducing energy consumption

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For the 200th Classic Kit, Andrea Sella celebrates a crucial efficiency improvement for motors

A key has opened a locker containing papers and books

How hoarding knowledge is hurting the industry in the long run

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Sharing results that are not commercially viable would speed up research

Leo Szilard stands on the right, gestering towards a chalkboard with a piece of chalk in his hand

Triggering a nuclear chain reaction

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How Leo Szilard’s concept emerged from a rich interchange of ideas across disciplinary silos

Closing the generation gap

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Science can’t advance unless we communicate with each other

Letters: July 2024

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Readers discuss DDT, reveal new information about Humphry Davy and ponder how to deal with errors

There’s more to alchemy than its mystical nature

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It was crucial to the development of chemistry

Stability milestone for nitrene

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Bench-stable transition metal–nitrene complexes beckon

A headshot of Martti Harmoinen wearing a red shirt and black cardigan in the countryside

Opinion

Harmoinen’s inverter drives and a crucial step towards reducing energy consumption

For the 200th Classic Kit, Andrea Sella celebrates a crucial efficiency improvement for motors

A key has opened a locker containing papers and books

Opinion

How hoarding knowledge is hurting the industry in the long run

Sharing results that are not commercially viable would speed up research

News

How can your lab cut water use in reflux reactions?

Practical advice builds on a new study comparing air-cooled condensers

Opinion

Triggering a nuclear chain reaction

How Leo Szilard’s concept emerged from a rich interchange of ideas across disciplinary silos

Research

Pioneering preservative removal from ancient Greek ship allows accurate dating

Extraction of polyethylene glycol from ship’s wood enables radiocarbon recalibration

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