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Family values

17 April 2014 The Crucible

Do larger research groups mean mentorship and ethics will inevitably suffer?

Open exposure

21 March 2014 The Crucible

Philip Ball muses on the many meanings of openness in science

Molecular aesthetics

6 March 2014 Review

Look and feel

Worms build waving towers to get out more

2 March 2014 Research

Waxy secretions let microscopic nematodes build structures from themselves to find new beetle hosts

Computational chemicals

25 February 2014 The Crucible

Philip Ball explains how creative chemists are teaching molecules some new tricks

Ice core to antifreeze protein’s inner workings

13 February 2014 Research

Highly unusual structure has an interior filled with a pentagonal ice network that halts the formation of ice crystals

X-rays set to reveal electrons’ dance

31 January 2014 Research

New technique could let scientists watch how electrons move within atoms and molecules in real time

What is a bond?

30 January 2014  Premium contentFeature

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

Sense and sense ability

20 January 2014 The Crucible

Philip Ball is surprised to discover just how sensitive we are about our feelings

We choose to go to the muon

8 January 2014 The Crucible

Subatomic sorties have uncovered strange new species, says Philip Ball. Should we give these alien atoms a place at the table?

Novelty hits top the charts

18 November 2013 The Crucible

There’s no formula for citation success, says Philip Ball, but high-impact tracts mix the classical with the unconventional

Chemistry's climate of scepticism

21 October 2013 The Crucible

Philip Ball asks why chemistry seems to have more than its share of global warming’s opponents

Crystallography 101

1 October 2013 The Crucible

Philip Ball reflects on a century of progress in the science of structure

Metallic properties predicted for Astatine

13 September 2013 Research

New calculations suggest that element 85 is a metal and even perhaps a superconductor

Making science personal

13 August 2013 The Crucible

It's time to take action on the passive voice, says Philip Ball

A matter of solvation

2 August 2013  Premium contentFeature

The processes underpinning how solvent and solutes molcules interact are fundamental, but still mysterious. Philip Ball investigates

DNA waves don't wash

10 July 2013 The Crucible

Philip Ball asks why a spectacular claim seems to have been overlooked. Sometimes science doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to

Solvent traffic responsible for electron gridlock

8 July 2013 Research

Ultrafast spectroscopy reveals electrons must obey rules of the road when pulling out into oncoming water

A self-assembled periodic table

5 July 2013 The Crucible

Philip Ball unpacks the instructions for a new periodic table

Protons wander freely in icy gas giant cores

14 June 2013 Research

Under intense pressures like those found on Uranus or Neptune ice may behave in very different ways, even giving rise to magnetic fields

Life forming

22 May 2013 Review

A model marriage of the mortal and the molecular

The name's (quadruple) bond?

13 May 2013 The Crucible

Philip Ball discusses the contentious issue of C2 bonding. Dare we draw four lines?

Quantum leaps of faith

29 April 2013 The Crucible

The path to quantum mechanics becomes smoother if you take a different route, says Philip Ball

What does DNA do?

24 April 2013  Premium contentFeature

The more we learn about DNA, the less we seem to know, as Philip Ball discovers