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Family values

17 April 2014 The Crucible

Do larger research groups mean mentorship and ethics will inevitably suffer?

Open exposure

21 March 2014 The Crucible

Philip Ball muses on the many meanings of openness in science

Computational chemicals

25 February 2014 The Crucible

Philip Ball explains how creative chemists are teaching molecules some new tricks

Sense and sense ability

20 January 2014 The Crucible

Philip Ball is surprised to discover just how sensitive we are about our feelings

We choose to go to the muon

8 January 2014 The Crucible

Subatomic sorties have uncovered strange new species, says Philip Ball. Should we give these alien atoms a place at the table?

Novelty hits top the charts

18 November 2013 The Crucible

There’s no formula for citation success, says Philip Ball, but high-impact tracts mix the classical with the unconventional

Chemistry's climate of scepticism

21 October 2013 The Crucible

Philip Ball asks why chemistry seems to have more than its share of global warming’s opponents

Crystallography 101

1 October 2013 The Crucible

Philip Ball reflects on a century of progress in the science of structure

Making science personal

13 August 2013 The Crucible

It's time to take action on the passive voice, says Philip Ball

DNA waves don't wash

10 July 2013 The Crucible

Philip Ball asks why a spectacular claim seems to have been overlooked. Sometimes science doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to

A self-assembled periodic table

5 July 2013 The Crucible

Philip Ball unpacks the instructions for a new periodic table

The name's (quadruple) bond?

13 May 2013 The Crucible

Philip Ball discusses the contentious issue of C2 bonding. Dare we draw four lines?

Quantum leaps of faith

29 April 2013 The Crucible

The path to quantum mechanics becomes smoother if you take a different route, says Philip Ball

Clairvoyant chemistry

15 March 2013 The Crucible

Philip Ball discusses spiritualism, science and a most unusual book

A (chemical) potential theory of life's origin

11 February 2013 The Crucible

Philip Ball says we should look beyond the molecules that make us to find the spark of life

Using used lab equipment

29 January 2013 The Crucible

Philip Ball evaluates the market in second-hand labware

Righting history

9 January 2013 The Crucible

Chemists should learn from the past, says Philip Ball, but they may need a history lesson first

Make or break: the laws of motion

28 November 2012 The Crucible

Molecular machinery involves a delicate interplay of forces, but biology has found the balance, says Philip Ball

h is for horoscope?

25 October 2012 The Crucible

Can scientists’ success be reduced to a formula, asks Philip Ball

Blues standard

27 September 2012 The Crucible

Chemists may have finally got the blues, says Philip Ball

The automatic chemist

22 August 2012 The Crucible

Philip Ball considers the creation of a collective chemical brain, and what it might dream up

Nullius in verba

18 July 2012 The Crucible

Philip Ball asks how much of the published literature you should believe. Not much, by some accounts

Imaging icons

2 July 2012 The Crucible

Philip Ball celebrates olympicene’s place in the pantheon of chemical imagery

A dose by any other name

1 June 2012 The Crucible

Philip Ball has sympathy for those nonplussed by nomenclature

Breaking the surface?

1 May 2012 The Crucible

Philip Ball is perplexed by the EPSRC's decision to cut surface science funding