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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

Not all science is created equal

16 October 2014 Comments

John Ioannidis explains why researchers should be curious about the differences between disciplines

An escape plan

2 October 2014 Comments

Karin Bodewits suggests that academia’s chairs might hold more women if they have a clear view of the exit

Carl Djerassi - chemistry and theatre

30 September 2014 Comments

Carl Djerassi explains his move from distinguished chemist to 'intellectual smuggler'

In defence of metrics

20 August 2014 Comments

Are metrics a necessary evil, or can they be a force for good? Anthony Olejniczak sticks up for stats

The energy to fight injustice

23 July 2014 Comments

Giving the world carbon-free energy means putting nuclear energy back on the agenda, says James Hansen

Of atoms and aesthetics

3 July 2014 Comments

From molecular representations to elegant syntheses, Tami Spector considers the ways chemists find beauty in their work

We need to talk about Nagoya

29 May 2014 Comments

Darren Smyth explains why the Nagoya Protocol could become a problem for European research