Vol 2, no.9
News and analysis
Politicians and the media need a better understanding of the nature of uncertainty, argue climate change experts.
The UK parliament's science and technology committee has accused ministers of failing to engage in the debate surrounding the use of expert witnesses in court.
Researchers have developed a pocket-sized device for detecting sub-milligram quantities of peroxide-based explosives such as those reportedly used in the recent bomb attacks in Lon...
UK pressure group has used 60th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing to restate call to halt involvement in development and manufacture of nuclear weapons.
The 'chocolate' in the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory looks fun to swim in, but isn't as tasty as the real thing and is surprisingly difficult to make.
Natural food colour suppliers are set to benefit from a decision by UK supermarket chain Co-op to ban 12 food colourings.
Researchers have developed a new polymer membrane for recovering valuable aromatics from waste streams.
The UK is taking a step to restore its battered capability in nuclear research with today's launch of a new institute at the University of Manchester.
If you want to prevent flame-retardant chemicals accumulating in your body, reach for a feather duster, say researchers in Canada.
Researchers in The Netherlands say they have developed a uniquely versatile method for stitching whole proteins and peptides onto dendrimer molecules.
Two US geochemists have poured cold water on the idea that water flowed over the surface of Mars for long periods.
A protein biosensor for discriminating between meat juices from the flesh of different animals has been developed by Swedish scientists.
Domestic microwave ovens could soon replace expensive radio frequency plasma cleaners used to make microfluidic devices.
A new complex for more effective delivery of closo-carborane agents to tumour sites has been developed by chemists in Australia.
A new method for protein purification based on self-cleaving polypeptide tags will be simpler and cheaper than current techniques, claim researchers.
A platinum-free electrode that could help reduce the costs of polymer electrolyte fuel cells is being developed in Japan.
Super tomatoes fighting off killer fungi sounds like the plot for a bad sci-fi movie, but could be closer to reality than we thought.
A molecular shuttle whose speed can be precisely controlled has been developed by researchers in Germany.
New mouse model of Parkinson's disease provides further evidence that amphetamines, including Ecstasy, can reverse disease symptoms.
Researchers are discovering how an apparently ordinary disaccharide helps plants and animals survive extraordinary environments.
Researchers in the US have attempted to surpass nature and create a synthetic material that sticks to surfaces at the nanometre level.
A reusable microfluidic biosensor has been developed by scientists in the US.
Canadian and German researchers have discovered that a relatively lo-tech material - graphite - might help solve the hi-tech problem of hydrogen storage.
Creating a massive stockpile of antiviral drugs - and the means to distribute them quickly - will be key to preventing millions of deaths from influenza.
A rare American firefly has acted as a test case for the discovery of new natural products from a largely untapped source.
Carbon nanotubes have been fixed to metal surfaces to increase the range of metals that can be coated by electroless deposition.
Japanese chemists and physicists have discovered the most effective known material for adsorbing and storing acetylene.
Gene therapy might have been given a much needed boost. Researchers have shown that silica nanoparticles can efficiently deliver genes into mouse brains.
An innovative self-assembling gel system that exclusively releases a drug in the presence of a specific enzyme has been devised.
The stability and activity of enzymes in ionic liquids is under investigation by chemists in Italy.
A luminescent material that can detect low levels of oxygen has been prepared by Chinese materials chemists.
Teflon-coated cookware does not pose a threat to human health, according to scientists in the US.
A new approach to making colour changing, light sensitive materials has been developed by researchers in Scandinavia.
Why silver deposits on the surface of titanium dioxide make the material a better photocatalyst for breaking down some organic molecules but not others.
A new type of polymeric micelle drug carrier has been developed by scientists in Japan.
A new class of compounds for making yellow and violet dyes has been discovered by chemists in Germany.
An all in one approach for preparing ion-selective mesoporous organosilica structures has been developed.
A fast, efficient screening method that could test vast numbers of enzymes for specific applications has been discovered by researchers in the UK, bringing made to order enzymes a ...
Physicists the world over are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Einstein's theory of relativity, but Philip Ball argues that Einstein was essentially a chemist
Chemistry can illuminate the age of a specimen, build up a picture of prehistoric diet and lifestyles and can even probe the genetic makeup of long-extinct populations and species....
It's time to stop thinking of enzymes as delicate entities that fall apart under the slightest pressure. Richard Corfield introduces us to the amazing world of thermophilic enzymes...
Ernst Guggolz talks to Jürgen Hambrecht, chief executive officer of BASF, about the company's strategy.
Thomas Graham, the first president of the Chemical Society, deserves more recognition for his work than history has given him. Colin Russell attempts to redress the balance.
Interaction between scientists and film makers could consign the mad scientist to history.
Richard Clegg argues that nuclear chemistry has declined in the UK and considerable investment would be needed for a new-build programme.
Chemistry research is not an essential component of a science-based university. Discuss.
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