Nina Notman discovers at how bark beetles are destroying pine trees at an alarming rate
John Emsley looks at an element that, despite first appearances, has some interesting applications
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Kathryn Roberts looks at how modern spectroscopy lets us discover the secrets of 1500-year-old manuscripts without leaving the library
Secrets of the trade: Jonathan Hare explores an alternative approach for detecting bombs called nuclear quadrupole resonance
Find out more about the molecular property of chirality and try a simple experiment using sucrose to explore ‘handedness’ of sugar yourself.
Nina Notman explores the possibility of interactive, sustainable highways
John Emsley looks at the element that links olive trees with semiconductors
The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory has a near century-long history of working with chemical weapons. Philip Robinson reports from Porton Down
The most porous manmade materials, metal–organic frameworks, are pushing towards commercialisation. Elinor Hughes tracks their progress
From disappearing bottles to catalytic clothing: Josh Howgego investigates how a scientist–artist duo is starting conversations about society’s future
Explore the regular and ordered structure of crystals before modelling them yourself using marshmallows and cocktail sticks in this ‘Avogadro’s lab’ activity.
Secrets of the trade: Jonathan Hare asks why soya milk tends to form hundreds of floating lumps when added to coffee
John Emsley investigates the element of batteries, blades and baked beans
Nina Notman’s thoughts turn to the chemists preparing to destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal at sea
Secrets of the trade: Jonathan Hare shines a light on randomness
Learn about catalysts based on the transition metals and find out how they are used in catalytic converters to clean up exhaust fumes.
Tattoos link chemistry education with society
Lanthanide complexes shift proton NMR signals
When it comes to powerful magnets, nothing beats holmium. John Emsley investigates
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