It may not be an element you think of as problematic. But, as Mark Foreman explains, iodine causes very complicated problems in nuclear accidents
The chemical using industries remain central to UK economic recovery, explains Simon Rushworth
Measuring R&D productivity is a thorny issue. Dennis Lendrem urges the pharmaceutical industry to learn from its mistakes.
Everyone makes mistakes, says François-Xavier Coudert. But in science, everyone has to correct them too.
Countries like India are bearing the brunt of antibiotic resistance, and education could be a key tool in tackling its spread
S Umapathy, from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, surveys the Indian scientific landscape
Santiago Alvarez delves into the debates and disagreements that surround one of chemistry's most fundamental concepts
Richard Catlow and Graham Hutchings evaluate the state of chemistry research and find it enjoying rude health
Paul Leonard is concerned by industry's exclusion from policy panels – it’s the science that matters, not who pays for it
To safeguard society, regulators must be free from the influence of industry interests, says Martin Pigeon
John Ioannidis explains why researchers should be curious about the differences between disciplines
Karin Bodewits suggests that academia’s chairs might hold more women if they have a clear view of the exit
Carl Djerassi explains his move from distinguished chemist to 'intellectual smuggler'
Are metrics a necessary evil, or can they be a force for good? Anthony Olejniczak sticks up for stats
Giving the world carbon-free energy means putting nuclear energy back on the agenda, says James Hansen
From molecular representations to elegant syntheses, Tami Spector considers the ways chemists find beauty in their work
Darren Smyth explains why the Nagoya Protocol could become a problem for European research
Kai Kohlhoff discusses the promise and pitfalls of doing science with distributed computing
For all the value it provides, analytical chemistry doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, say Mark Powell and Steven Lancaster
David Smith wonders why gay scientists seem to stay unseen, and asks does it matter?
Where will our chemicals come from when the oil wells run dry? Jose Lopez-Sanchez discusses renewable feedstocks
Jay Siegel is building the future of China’s Tianjin University by looking to its past – combining the academic cultures of east and west
Fracking won’t plug the gap in crude oil’s falling figures, says Chris Rhodes. Oil’s exhaustion is inevitable
William Bains worries that scientists are losing their way in the wild frontiers of research
We can’t afford to let the demand for cheaper medicines force compromises on quality, says Steven Ford