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Thinking ahead

26 March 2015 Critical Point

PhD courses must prepare students for a life after research, says Mark Peplow

A large life, fully lived

20 February 2015 Critical Point

Carl Djerassi leaves many legacies besides the contraceptive pill,says Mark Peplow

The big experiment

23 January 2015 Critical Point

Plans to stop assessing school pupils’ practical work are the wrong solution to a genuine problem, says Mark Peplow

A bad business

19 December 2014 Critical Point

Targets and assessments can boost productivity at universities – but only if they do not stifle creativity and alienate the academic workforce, says Mark Peplow

It's time to speak up for Europe

27 November 2014 Critical Point

Researchers in the UK benefit enormously from their country’s membership of the EU. They need to say so, argues Mark Peplow

Two for the price of one

23 October 2014 Critical Point

This year’s Nobel prizes show that chemistry truly is the central science

Good advice

25 September 2014 Critical Point

Rather than axing his chief scientific adviser, the next president of the European commission should enhance the role

The trouble with boycotts

29 August 2014 Critical Point

Cutting academic ties with a censured state can do more harm than good, says Mark Peplow

The creative stimulus

22 July 2014 Critical Point

Innovative thinking may be difficult to turn on at will, but there are many ways to prepare for inspiration, says Mark Peplow

A mind-blowing legacy

11 June 2014 Critical Point

Alexander Shulgin’s research on psychoactive drugs shows how molecules can take on a life of their own once they leave the lab, says Mark Peplow

It's life, but not as we know it

15 May 2014 Critical Point

A living cell that uses artificial bases in its DNA heralds a profound development for chemistry, says Mark Peplow

Frack and blue

25 April 2014 Critical Point

Shale gas will do little to improve the competitiveness of Europe’s chemical industry, argues Mark Peplow

A war on smog

28 March 2014 Critical Point

Chemistry can be a force for good in tackling China’s pollution, says Mark Peplow

The value of trust

7 March 2014 Critical Point

Rebuilding a damaged relationship with researchers should be a top priority for the new boss of the UK’s physical sciences funding council

Virtually excellent

30 January 2014 Critical Point

Assembling a dream team of international researchers could offer a useful snapshot of the UK’s strength in chemical engineering, says Mark Peplow

The morning after the night before

6 January 2014 Critical Point

Replacing alcohol with a more benign drug sounds like a great idea, but it faces insurmountable hurdles, says Mark Peplow

A century of isotopes

21 November 2013 Critical Point

Once appalled by the military use of his discoveries, Frederick Soddy would pleased by his legacy today, says Mark Peplow

The judgement of your peers

24 October 2013 Critical Point

A bit of hindsight goes a long way in measuring scientific quality, says Mark Peplow

Misconduct: on the blog and in the open

6 September 2013 Critical Point

When formal investigations of research misconduct are opaque and sluggish, it is inevitable that chemists will take to the blogs to debate suspicious papers, says Mark Peplow

Synthetic biology is bursting with life

4 September 2013 Critical Point

Synthetic biology is shifting into high gear. To truly thrive, it needs chemists, says Mark Peplow

The nonclassical cation: a classic case of conflict

10 July 2013 Critical Point

Mark Peplow celebrates decades of debate about the structure of the 2-norbornyl cation

Fear and loathing

24 June 2013 Critical Point

Facts are not enough to combat chemophobia, says Mark Peplow

Helium reserves under pressure

30 May 2013 Critical Point

Researchers should get ready for ballooning prices, warns Mark Peplow

Pesticide bee buzz needs more evidence

11 April 2013 Critical Point

Politicians should not rush to ban neonicotinoids until field trials have proved that they are wiping out bee colonies, argues Mark Peplow

Hydrogen's false economy

14 March 2013 Critical Point

Hydrogen-powered cars are not going to save the world, and the sooner we realise it the better, argues Mark Peplow