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Explosive chemistry

29 January 2015  Premium contentFeature

The Forensic Explosives Laboratory supports police investigations into unlawful use of explosives. Philip Robinson reports from Fort Halstead

DNA gets with the program

27 January 2015  Premium contentFeature

Molecular computing systems could improve disease diagnosis – and even hack living cells, finds Andy Extance

Mapping the mosquito

8 January 2015  Premium contentFeature

Uncovering how mosquitoes sniff out their human victims may lead to new tools to conquer malaria and dengue fever. Emma Davies reports

Flowing rivers of mercury

7 January 2015 Feature

Philip Ball investigates claims that the burial chamber of China’s first emperor contains rivers of shimmering mercury

Engineering the climate

6 January 2015  Premium contentFeature

Could technologies that modify the Earth’s climate control systems help us limit global temperature rises? Nina Notman investigates

Goodenough rules

23 December 2014  Premium contentFeature

Bea Perks profiles a veteran scientist whose fundamental and applied research continues to shape the world we live in

Fermenting ideas

10 December 2014 Feature

21st century cider owes a lot to modern knowhow in managing fermentation and balancing flavour. Andy Extance immerses himself in the science of scrumpy


4 December 2014  Premium contentFeature

High-energy compounds are needed to create more powerful and safer explosives. Sarah Houlton dons her hard hat to investigate

Let the molecules do the talking

2 December 2014  Premium contentFeature

Using molecules rather than electronics or optics to send messages sounds far-fetched, but it’s common in nature. Nina Notman dials up some compounds and investigates

Cleaning up after Fukushima

27 November 2014  Premium contentFeature

Chemistry is playing a vital role in helping remove radioactive material from the environment after the 2011 disaster. Clare Sansom reports

From oil to chemicals

29 October 2014  Premium contentFeature

After decades of exporting oil, Saudi Arabia is looking to increase its capacity to produce chemicals. Emma Davies reports

Harvesting heat

27 October 2014  Premium contentFeature

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

Microbial miners

24 October 2014  Premium contentFeature

Jon Evans discovers the microbes hard at work on our behalf, extracting valuable metals from low-grade ore

The resolution revolution

23 October 2014 Feature

Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy earned three of its creators a Nobel prize this year. Emma Stoye focuses in on their story

Transparency measures forced on pharma

30 September 2014 Feature

Previous misdemeanours are compelling the pharmaceutical industry to be more open with financial information and clinical data, writes Nuala Moran

Pepping up antibiotics

29 September 2014  Premium contentFeature

Industry and academia are turning to antimicrobial peptides to find new antibiotics, Andy Extance discovers

The molecules that make memory

26 September 2014  Premium contentFeature

The chemistry of making – and losing – memories is increasingly well understood, as Rachel Brazil discovers

Faster, cheaper, better

24 September 2014  Premium contentFeature

Microfluidics researchers are aiming to bring new diagnostic devices into mainstream medicine. Mark Peplow reports

Chemistry in bloom

23 September 2014 Feature

Sarah Houlton discovers the chemistry among the specimens at many botanical gardens

Unpicking natural product synthesis

28 August 2014  Premium contentFeature

Is total synthesis in danger of a decline? Nina Notman investigates

Life in the freeze frame

26 August 2014  Premium contentFeature

Using x-rays to probe biological molecules has revolutionised science. Clare Sansom looks at a century of progress

The power of perovskites

22 August 2014  Premium contentFeature

Andy Extance finds out how the efficiency of perovskite solar cells has risen so quickly

Should they stay or should they go?

21 August 2014 Feature

Angeli Mehta asks what a yes vote in Scotland’s independence would referendum mean for chemistry

The worldwide chemist

31 July 2014 Feature

Bea Perks profiles Martyn Poliakoff, the internet’s favourite ‘mad professor’

The other carbon dioxide problem

29 July 2014 Feature

Carbon dioxide produced by human activity is acidifying the ocean at an unprecedented and alarming rate. Nina Notman investigates