The Crucible

A brave new word

Why did scientists endure, while sciencers perished? Philip Ball examines the quirks of science’s lexical legacy

In the Pipeline

Tantalising technology

Computer-assisted drug design always looks like it’s just about to work, says Derek Lowe, but the reality is complicated


Are you sitting comfortably?

Science has great tales to tell, but we mustn’t let a good story get in the way of the facts


Setting the record straight

Everyone makes mistakes, says François-Xavier Coudert. But in science, everyone has to correct them too.

Classic Kit

Young's valve

Sealed with a twist

Organic Matter

Enthralled by evaporation

A giant rotary evaporator is a mesmerising thing, says Chemjobber, but the plant requires a different approach

Critical Point

A large life, fully lived

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


February 2015

Reflections on the REF, climate controversy and the pros and cons of fracking


Prevent problems with proper planning

26 February 2015

Prevent problems with proper planning

The carbon revolution

19 February 2015

The carbon revolution