Do larger research groups mean mentorship and ethics will inevitably suffer?
Philip Ball muses on the many meanings of openness in science
Waxy secretions let microscopic nematodes build structures from themselves to find new beetle hosts
Philip Ball explains how creative chemists are teaching molecules some new tricks
Highly unusual structure has an interior filled with a pentagonal ice network that halts the formation of ice crystals
New technique could let scientists watch how electrons move within atoms and molecules in real time
There’s more to bonding than covalent, ionic and the lines we draw between atoms on paper. Philip Ball takes on the expanding list of chemical connections
Philip Ball is surprised to discover just how sensitive we are about our feelings
Subatomic sorties have uncovered strange new species, says Philip Ball. Should we give these alien atoms a place at the table?
There’s no formula for citation success, says Philip Ball, but high-impact tracts mix the classical with the unconventional
Philip Ball asks why chemistry seems to have more than its share of global warming’s opponents
Philip Ball reflects on a century of progress in the science of structure
New calculations suggest that element 85 is a metal and even perhaps a superconductor
It's time to take action on the passive voice, says Philip Ball
The processes underpinning how solvent and solutes molcules interact are fundamental, but still mysterious. Philip Ball investigates
Philip Ball asks why a spectacular claim seems to have been overlooked. Sometimes science doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to
Ultrafast spectroscopy reveals electrons must obey rules of the road when pulling out into oncoming water
Philip Ball unpacks the instructions for a new periodic table
Under intense pressures like those found on Uranus or Neptune ice may behave in very different ways, even giving rise to magnetic fields
A model marriage of the mortal and the molecular
Philip Ball discusses the contentious issue of C2 bonding. Dare we draw four lines?
The path to quantum mechanics becomes smoother if you take a different route, says Philip Ball
The more we learn about DNA, the less we seem to know, as Philip Ball discovers