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  • A Terracotta Warrior
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    Chemistry unearths the secrets of the Terracotta Army

    6 March 2014

    Simon Rees discovers how the Terracotta Warriors’ deadly arrows were made

  • Man installing solar panels
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    Panels for pupils

    6 March 2014

    Installing solar panels in a school − or at least building your own mock-ups − isn’t as difficult as you might think, finds Josh Howgego

  • Scientists looking at trees
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    The big green lab project

    6 March 2014

    Beverley Lucas and her colleagues give us a big green welcome to the Ecoversity of Bradford

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    Forensic students are getting their hands dirty

    7 January 2014

    Practical research projects are vital in the training of the next generation of forensic scientists, explains Matthew Almond

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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

  • Christmas tree
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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 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

  • Light bulb and flames
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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