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Making materials from biomass

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Biomass is regularly used as fuel, but have we been overlooking this sustainable resource as a source of chemical building blocks?

Everyday science

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Will doggy detectors sniff out Covid-19?


How canines might help to find asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic cases of the coronavirus

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How the unscrupulous turn a profit from virus fears


Why alcohol-based sanitiser found its way onto the black market and into stockpiles – and how it works against viruses

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Can seaweed-eating sheep curb methane emissions?


Seaweed may not be the silver bullet to farming’s methane problem

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Poo sticks … and how to stop it


How science is saving water and time spent cleaning the loo

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‘I went on my first antiracism march when I was 14’


Meet Tom Welton, RSC president, ionic liquid guru and vocal advocate for inclusion and diversity in the chemical sciences

Marta Melchiorre at her desk in front of a computer at The National Gallery

‘To work with paintings is my dream job’


Meet Marta Melchiorre, a scientist who supports the conservation of paintings at the National Gallery in London

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Packaging promise

2020-09-14T10:44:00+01:00By ,

From polymers to nanoparticles, the new technologies helping to reduce food and wrapper waste

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Lending a hand with sanitiser


When one of the key weapons in the fight against Covid-19 was in short supply, some unlikely manufacturers stepped in

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How chemists are stopping paint drip


Analytical chemistry is playing an important role in discovering why some 20th century paintings have started to liquefy

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Concrete solutions to sustainable materials

2020-07-06T10:32:00+01:00By ,

Enhance your teaching of materials and explore how new types of concrete could reduce carbon emissions

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Can UV light help tackle the coronavirus?

2020-06-15T09:17:00+01:00By ,

Engage students with some highly topical cross-curricular science

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Epidemiology: Calling the disease detectives

2020-06-08T09:44:00+01:00By ,

What is an epidemiologist? Inspire students with this fascinating insight into the world of some of the most powerful scientific detectives