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The science of smartwatches


How wearable tech uses chemistry to help monitor your health – with spectroscopy, battery technology and smart materials

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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‘We can’t get rid of fossil fuels and not have an alternative’


Meet Phil Mercer, a chemist helping plan for a new lithium mine in Cornwall

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‘I went on my first anti-racism march when I was 14’


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

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Allotropes of carbon


Use this infographic with your 14–16 classes to boost their knowledge of diamond, graphite, graphene and fullerenes

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Your place or mine? The local business of lithium mining

2020-11-30T10:23:00+00:00By ,

Lithium-ion batteries will power the next generation of electric cars, but how can we mine lithium with minimal impact on the environment?

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Toxins in food

2020-11-23T09:34:00+00:00By ,

Many foods contain toxins such as oxalic acid. How do we balance the risks and benefits to health?

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Beirut explosion

2020-11-02T06:41:00+00:00By ,

How a warehouse of ammonium nitrate destroyed a capital city

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Making materials from biomass

2020-10-19T08:06:00+01:00By ,

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

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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