Can chemists uncover who invented the wheel?
A painting of Dorothy Hodgkin depicting the busy scientist with four hands went on display at the National Portrait Gallery
Despite chemists’ best efforts, there is still nothing quite like leather
Noteworthy unions between science and music
Fizzy drinks were an instant hit, but could their tongue-tingling success be captured in solid form?
Finding a recipe for road-friendly rubber
Could the Shroud of Turin’s mysterious negative imprints have a chemical cause?
Even successful reactions can lead to washing up woes
Can research have real impacts on international development?
Nascent substances have unique properties, and some age faster than others
Sometimes the simplest question can be the hardest to answer
Combustive chemistry to light up the holiday season
Metal coatings can be useful for protection – or disguise
Avoiding a golden syrup disaster at 30,000 feet
Coping with our dwindling supplies of a gas that disappears into space
Finding a formula for the perfect brew
Today’s researchers owe much to the chemists of civilisations past
How Marie Curie’s desire to share her science for the common good priced her out the game
Spontaneous combustion still leaves chemists scratching their heads
Flash, blast and radiation – is it possible to live through a catastrophe?
Is the pressure to publish making chemists cut corners?
The theory was sound, but litmus-inspired baby clothes just didn’t catch on
Hot water sometimes freezes faster than cold. The reason still isn’t entirely clear
Perhaps the island of stability lives among the stars instead of at the bottom of the periodic table
Nobel’s name was made in explosives, but what about the chemistry behind them?