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A volatile question

29 January 2016  Premium contentFeature

VOCs are more than just a man-made problem. Anthony King looks through the wood to the trees

The cutting edge of gene editing

22 January 2016 Feature

The new gene-editing tool Crispr is taking the scientific world by storm, reports Katrina Megget

Raiders of the lost steel

15 January 2016  Premium contentFeature

The skills behind the legendary sharpness of wootz steel were once forgotten, but Andy Extance talks to the researchers unsheathing its secrets

The natural food dye revolution

8 January 2016  Premium contentFeature

As consumers turn their backs on artificial food colorants, food scientists learn how to work with natural alternatives. Sarah Houlton investigates

Bones of contention

23 December 2015 Feature

Can protein in dinosaur bones survive for millions of years? Rachel Brazil explores the evidence

The bonds that bind

21 December 2015  Premium contentFeature

Mike Sutton plots the journey of the scientists who solved the riddle of chemical bonding

Sers and the rise of the Raman empire

16 December 2015  Premium contentFeature

Dermot Martin looks at how Sers was invented and how it is expanding its sphere of influence

Going for gold

11 December 2015  Premium contentFeature

Nina Notman looks at attempts to reduce the environmental impacts of small-scale gold mining

Well-tempered chocolate

1 December 2015 Feature

Nina Notman discovers that controlling crystal structures and emulsions is the key to good chocolate

A radical rethink

27 November 2015  Premium contentFeature

Free radicals might not be the bad guys they’ve been painted as

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