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A complete chemist

11 December 2014 The Crucible

Philip Ball celebrates Paul Schleyer’s contributions to scientific discourse, spanning decades and disciplines

An end to bubble puzzle trouble?

2 December 2014 The Crucible

Has a 20-year-old problem finally been solved, asks Philip Ball

Spheres of influence

30 October 2014 The Crucible

Philip Ball savours the chemistry of avant-garde gastronomy

Harvesting heat

27 October 2014  Premium contentFeature

Philip Ball looks at the materials that harness waste heat and turn it into useful energy

Probing molecules atom by atom

1 October 2014 Research

New NMR technique allows ultra-high-resolution of individual molecules

Appreciating art criticism

11 September 2014 The Crucible

Philip Ball considers Chinese works of art that comment on environmental and chemical issues

Does life play dice?

3 September 2014 The Crucible

Philip Ball wonders whether life evolved to exploit quantum phenomena, or if it’s just in our nature

Faulty enzyme link offers new ways to fight Parkinson’s

5 August 2014 Research

Research links Parkinson’s disease to an enzyme that affects the functioning of mitochondria

The fascinating in the familiar

28 July 2014 The Crucible

A simple droplet shows that there are still plenty of puzzles to ponder in everyday observations, says Philip Ball

Molecular clocks may probe fundamental laws

15 July 2014 Research

Clocks based on the simplest molecule could weigh in on proton's mass

Synthetic aesthetics

27 June 2014 Review

Challenging science fictions

How the Pelican got its hue

26 June 2014 The Crucible

Philip Ball covers the chemical history of Penguin’s inexpensive educational books

The colourful science

19 June 2014 Feature

Philip Ball traces how chemists and artists have been inspiring each other for centuries

Chemistry gets strange at water’s surface

6 June 2014 Research

Theoretical study suggests that ions with the same charge might actually become attracted to each other at an interface

The chemistry of inaction

27 May 2014  Premium contentFeature

Philip Ball delves into the suspended animation of cells

Is junk DNA all garbage?

22 May 2014 The Crucible

A brouhaha in biology shows that uncovering what we don’t know is more important than arguments about what we do, says Philip Ball

A fat lot of good

2 May 2014  Premium contentFeature

Lipids have been the the poor relations of DNA and proteins for some time, but Philip Ball discovers that they are ready to take centre stage

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