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Turning PVC green

Platinum might be the catalytic key to reducing the environmental impact of mercury pollution

Everyday science

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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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Why smoke particles turned the sky red


Nina Notman explains why forest fires in Indonesia made the sky look red

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Sulfur hexafluoride


A gas widely used in electrical devices with 23,500 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide

Omar Farha

‘I want to leave the world in a better state than when I entered it’


Meet Omar, a materials chemist who designs highly porous materials for applications ranging from gas storage to the destruction of nerve agents

A photograph of Delphine Farmer, an atmospheric chemist with a colleague using equipment

‘We are missing a massive environmental problem’


Meet Delphine Farmer, an atmospheric chemist who spends her time examining the air that we breathe

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Temperature-controlling textiles

2020-03-02T11:40:00+00:00By ,

Nina Notman gets a feel for the high-tech fabrics that can help us maintain our preferred temperature

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What’s cooking?

2020-01-22T11:29:00+00:00By ,

Understand the chemistry behind colour changes in food

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How do trees clean our air?

2020-01-02T09:54:00+00:00By ,

Investigating the role trees can play in reducing air pollution

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New power, old batteries

2019-12-04T14:50:00+00:00By ,

Closing the loop in lithium-ion battery recycling from electric cars

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Chemists hold the key to perfect cheese

2019-12-02T13:32:00+00:00By , Rob King

Bacterial enzymes play a crucial role in cheesemaking and food chemists take advantage of their role to develop new cheeses

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Frozen in time

2019-11-06T09:56:00+00:00By ,

What chemical clues locked away in ancient ice tell us about Earth’s history