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The labs pointing to a greener future for Africa

By Munyaradzi Makoni

Tackling climate is not just a job for scientists in more developed countries. Munyaradzi Makoni talks to researchers in Kenya and South Africa to find out more

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Textbook electronegativity model fails when it comes to carbon–halogen bond strengths

By Kira Welter

Computational analysis finds that it’s size, not electronegativity differences, determining bond strength within periodic table groups

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Picturing the future


If we don’t embrace the vision of a sustainable future, who will bear the climate costs?

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Researchers spent an estimated 130 million hours peer-reviewing papers in 2020


Monetary value of refereeing adds up to $1.5 billion in US alone

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Nasa makes plans to return to Venus to probe the hellish chemistry of its atmosphere


Probe set to launch in 2029 may be able to establish whether life ever existed there and answer the phosphine question 

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World comes together to back Unesco’s vision of open science


Free access to Covid-19 data has shown that the dream of open science can be achieved, director-general says

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Prehistoric Iberians poisoned by cinnabar almost 5000 years ago


Analyses of mercury levels in bones reveal ancient artists suffered for their craft

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Van ’t Hoff’s Amsterdam lab becomes historic chemical landmark


Now a café and exhibition space, the building once contained the first chemistry Nobel prize winner’s research space

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The diamond family welcomes its newest member – paracrystalline diamond


Amorphous diamond with pockets of natural diamond makes theoretical paracrystals a reality

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Engineered antibody that snags sperm could be an effective non-hormonal contraceptive


Approach could offer new method of contraception for women

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Unsupervised machine-learning tool could accelerate catalyst discovery


The approach was able to identify phosphine ligands that may form dinuclear palladium(I) complexes using only five experimental data points

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Prokaryotes programmed to produce paracetamol avoid pervasive petrochemicals


Genetically modified E. coli serve as green factories for painkillers

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First inspection of σ-hole reveals its peculiar shape


Atomic force microscopy snaps first experimental images of halogen bond’s charge distribution

Voice of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • How polluting is plastic?

  • Is chemical recycling of plastics the future?

  • Nature and mental wellbeing – Building a better chemistry culture

  • Should we design biodegradable plastics?

Celebrating science's forgotten heroes

  • James LuValle, a chemist who broke the colour barrier

  • The lifesaving work of Evelyn Hickmans

  • Clara Immerwahr – out of her husband’s shadow

  • Kathleen Culhane Lathbury – an industrial pioneer

  • Mabel FitzGerald and the mystery of oxygen sensing

  • Polly Porter, crystallography pioneer

  • Mary Sherman Morgan: The best kept secret in the space race

  • Julia Lermontova: an early pioneer

  • Margarita Salas: the marquesa of molecular biology

  • Sylvia Stoesser – the first female chemist at Dow


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Keeping cell therapy under wraps


Materials to safely encapsulate transplanted cells for could enable a revolution in the treatment of diabetes and a wide range of other diseases. James Mitchell Crow reports

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The science of breast milk and baby formula


Nina Notman reveals how breast milk research is inspiring a new generation of infant formulas and opening the door to therapeutic advances

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How ammonia could decarbonise shipping


Andy Extance discovers why the compound best known as a fertiliser is a surprising candidate to power enormous container ships

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The RSC’s climate challenge


The Royal Society of Chemistry aims to use Cop26 as a springboard to a more sustainable future. Rachel Brazil reports 

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