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Dating the age of humans

20 November 2015  Premium contentFeature

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 contentFeature

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 contentFeature

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 contentFeature

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

The house that DNA built

19 October 2015 Feature

The 2015 chemistry Nobel prize was awarded to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for DNA repair. Matthew Gunther reconstructs their story

Snakes, sausages and structural formulae

9 October 2015  Premium contentFeature

Mike Sutton tells the story of how August Kekulé dreamt up the structure of benzene

Egyptian blue: more than just a colour

2 October 2015 Feature

Paul Brack finds new science in an ancient pigment

Perfumery: the molecular art form

2 October 2015 Feature

Sam Lear describes how to create the perfect scent

A veneer of Vermeer

30 September 2015 Feature

Wei-lun Toh tells a story of forgery and chemical detectives

Navigating chemical space

29 September 2015 Feature

Fully exploring the ocean of possible compounds – even computationally – is impossible, finds Philip Ball

A new hope in HIV prevention

24 September 2015 Feature

New microbicide products could turn the tide against Aids for women in Africa, reports Dinsa Sachan

Oligonucleotide drugs step up

23 September 2015  Premium contentFeature

Structural innovations are overcoming oligonucleotide drugs’ historical flaws, discovers Andy Extance

The birth of something small

18 September 2015  Premium contentFeature

Len Fisher gives a personal account of how colloid science evolved into nanoscience

Stuck in the sludge

15 September 2015  Premium contentFeature

Matthew Gunther finds chemists are trying to decommission the most dangerous nuclear waste site in Europe

Agatha Christie, the queen of crime chemistry

28 August 2015 Feature

Kathryn Harkup looks at how Agatha Christie used her chemical training in her detective novels

Who reviews the reviews?

21 August 2015  Premium contentFeature

Nina Notman investigates the new alternatives being developed to replace peer review as we know it

Exploiting the data mine

13 August 2015 Feature

Chemists must embrace open data to allow us to collectively get the best out of the masses of new knowledge we unearth, reports Clare Sansom

The chemists’ war

10 August 2015  Premium contentFeature

The first world war not only exploited known chemistry but also led to significant advances. Michael Freemantle explains

More than dirty snowballs?

31 July 2015  Premium contentFeature

Comets are thought to represent leftover building blocks of the solar system; Jennifer Newton finds more questions than answers

Made to measure

23 July 2015  Premium contentFeature

Emma Stoye investigates how instruments for space exploration are built and how the technology brings benefits down to Earth

Chasing stardust

20 July 2015  Premium contentFeature

Molecules in deep space are very small and very far away, as Matthew Gunther discovers

Chemical life support

10 July 2015  Premium contentFeature

Keeping astronauts alive requires some clever chemistry, as Katharine Sanderson discovers

Getting the measure of Mars

3 July 2015 Feature

Sophisticated analytical chemistry is studying our neighbouring planet, as Andy Extance discovers

Organic odysseys

29 June 2015 Feature

Andy Extance looks at two drugs that cranked the synthetic challenge all the way up to Halaven

Elemental exhibits

26 June 2015  Premium contentFeature

Now forgotten but for a few dusty displays in foyers, chemical museums were once important teaching facilities in chemistry departments across the world, as Peter Morris discovers