Dating the age of humans

20 November 2015 Premium content

Physical science is helping archaeologists close in on the real answers behind the mysteries of human evolution, finds Ida Emilie Steinmark

Molecule-making microbes

13 November 2015 Premium content

Extracting terpene drugs from plants is difficult and wasteful, so pharma companies are looking to biosynthesis, as Emiliano Feresin discovers

The dream of zeolite design

30 October 2015 Premium content

Zeolites are important industrial catalysts, so why can’t chemists make them to order? Andrew Turley finds out

The origin of homochirality

26 October 2015 Premium content

Why do so many biological molecules exist in just one chirality – and how did it emerge? Rachel Brazil reflects on life’s strange asymmetry

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