chemistry in context

  • The art detectives
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    The art detectives

    20 November 2014

    Emma Stoye finds out how spectroscopic techniques allow scientists to look over the shoulders of old masters

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    MOFs head to market

    3 July 2014

    The most porous manmade materials, metal–organic frameworks, are pushing towards commercialisation. Elinor Hughes tracks their progress

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    Chemists on the front line

    3 July 2014

    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

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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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    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

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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

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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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    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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    The science of sorting

    2 September 2013

    Many of the UK's local authorities collect recyclable waste mixed together in the same bin. Mike Tingle discovers how differences in chemical and physical properties are used to separate a wide variety of materials

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    From molecules to medicines

    1 July 2013

    Turning an active drug molecule into a finished product requires as much chemistry as developing the drug in the first place, as Phillip Broadwith discovers.