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Thank you for smoking

2 February 2016 Comments

Smoking foods may have its roots in preservation, but its chemistry can produce a range of delicious tastes, says Ali Bouzari

Smoke in the water

1 February 2016 Comments

Yuandi Li puts our smoked vinaigrette recipe to the test

Weighty decisions

22 January 2016 Comments

Juris Meija explains why a small change to the atomic weight of an element can make a huge difference to science

Rooting out sexism

19 January 2016 Comments

If we are going to address gender equality in science, we need to recognise our own biases, says Nicola Gaston

The illusion of self-correction

4 January 2016 Comments

Ferric Fang and Arturo Casadevall ask how science deals with alleged research misconduct

The power of enzymes

21 December 2015 Comments

Ali Bouzari reveals how amylases and proteases revolutionised our meals

Rethinking risk assessment

8 December 2015 Comments

Toxicologists must embrace better ways of accounting for low dose effects, argue Annamaria Colacci and Nicole Kleinstreuer

Experiments beyond the laboratory

23 October 2015 Comments

Real world ‘experiments’ are a much needed link between scientists and society, argues Matthias Gross

Behind closed doors: How to win the Nobel prize

7 October 2015 Comments

Bengt Norden addresses the myths and rumours surrounding the world's most prestigious science prize

A story of structure

6 October 2015 Comments

As the Cambridge Structural Database reaches its 50th year, Colin Groom gives us some of its greatest ‘hits’

The postdoc problem: too many, or the wrong kind?

31 August 2015 Comments

Are concerns about postdoc proliferation valid? Maybe we just need to make their training more diverse, suggests Keith Micoli

Fluorine in space

9 July 2015 Comments

Henrik Jönsson explains why fluorine holds a unique place in the understanding the history of the universe

Chemical linguistics

24 June 2015 Comments

Chemistry is not language, explains Michael Gordin. But the metaphor is useful nonetheless

A prescription for chemists

5 June 2015 Comments

The public seem to confuse chemist with pharmacist, so how does a pharmacist feel about this?

Better cooking through chemistry

1 June 2015 Comments

Science and food have been courting each other for over a decade, says Ali Bouzari. It’s time to commit

The nuclear danger of iodine

20 May 2015 Comments

It may not be an element you think of as problematic. But, as Mark Foreman explains, iodine causes very complicated problems in nuclear accidents

Flexible, faster formulation

30 April 2015 Comments

The chemical using industries remain central to UK economic recovery, explains Simon Rushworth

Be careful what you wish for

25 March 2015 Comments

Measuring R&D productivity is a thorny issue. Dennis Lendrem urges the pharmaceutical industry to learn from its mistakes.

Setting the record straight

19 February 2015 Comments

Everyone makes mistakes, says François-Xavier Coudert. But in science, everyone has to correct them too.

Target ignorance to tackle resistance

12 February 2015 Comments

Countries like India are bearing the brunt of antibiotic resistance, and education could be a key tool in tackling its spread

Indian science at the crossroads

12 February 2015 Comments

S Umapathy, from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, surveys the Indian scientific landscape

What we mean when we talk about bonds

29 January 2015 Comments

Santiago Alvarez delves into the debates and disagreements that surround one of chemistry's most fundamental concepts

Reflections on the REF

18 December 2014 Comments

Richard Catlow and Graham Hutchings evaluate the state of chemistry research and find it enjoying rude health

Good science, bad science?

13 November 2014 Comments

Paul Leonard is concerned by industry's exclusion from policy panels – it’s the science that matters, not who pays for it

Public health is the bottom line

13 November 2014 Comments

To safeguard society, regulators must be free from the influence of industry interests, says Martin Pigeon