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    Terpenes: not just for Christmas

    7 January 2014

    The chemicals that give Christmas trees their pine fresh smell could be at the centre of a chemical revolution, as Josh Howgego explains

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    The ascent of molecules

    7 January 2014

    Life's molecular origins might not be preserved in the fossil record but, as Laura Howes finds out, chemists are working to fill in the gaps

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    The logic of phlogiston

    7 January 2014

    Despite efforts to teach logic and critical thinking in the classroom, students will often give the answer that they think is expected. Perhaps a discredited theory from the 18th century can help students see how different conclusions can be drawn from the same experiment, suggests Mike Tingle

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    The logic of phlogiston

    7 January 2014

    Despite efforts to teach logic and critical thinking in the classroom, students will often give the answer that they think is expected. Perhaps a discredited theory from the 18th century can help students see how different conclusions can be drawn from the same experiment, suggests Mike Tingle

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    One in the eye for river blindness

    7 November 2013

    It’s one of the greatest success stories in human health – a drug created from a product found in nature and given away freely to those who most need it, saving millions from debilitating blindness. Ian Farrell investigates the marvel of ivermectin

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    The trouble with the aufbau principle

    7 November 2013

    Generations of teachers are misleading their charges by teaching a sloppy version of the aufbau principle, claims Eric Scerri

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    Access all areas

    6 November 2013

    How do aspiring chemists with disabilities fare at university, and where can they get support? Helen Carmichael talks to staff and students at one university to find out

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    Talking technology

    6 November 2013

    Award-winning chemistry lecturer Michael Seery shares his experiences combining technology and the classroom

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    Deadly mushroom chemistry

    2 September 2013

    Can you tell the difference between a tasty paddy straw mushroom and a toxic death cap? Emma Shiells talks to the experts about the potentially deadly chemistry hidden in those gills

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    Flipping lectures and inverting classrooms

    2 September 2013

    Simon Lancaster and David Read examine the current phenomenon that empowers students to take control of their own learning