chemistry in context

  • Glassware
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    Working glass hero

    3 July 2015

    Andrew Turley investigates the history of Pyrex, one of the best known brands in chemistry

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    The impossible water sensor

    11 May 2015

    Hundreds of different chemicals can ruin our water, so measuring their levels is vital. Josh Howgego investigates whether building sensors that can do the job cheaply and remotely will ever be possible

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    The Lion, the Wich and the Waller

    11 May 2015

    Almost 30 years after its closure, the historic Lion Salt Works in Cheshire opens its doors to the public. Volunteer Mike Tingle relates some of its history

  • Vredefort Dome
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    Identifying extraterrestrial materials

    9 March 2015

    Meteorites can be bought cheaply online and offer an excellent laboratory teaching tool, explain Luis Lahuerta Zamora, Salvador Lahuerta Zamora and Ana Mellado Romero

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    Chemistry in bloom

    9 March 2015

    There's chemistry among the specimens at many botanical gardens

  • A globe
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    Good chemistry

    6 January 2015

    There are all sorts of ways chemists can use their skills to aid global development, writes Josh Howgego

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    Pictures of the molecular world

    6 January 2015

    Matthew Lickiss looks back at how our drawings of chemical structures have changed over time

  • Fish and coral
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    The other carbon dioxide problem

    6 January 2015

    Carbon dioxide produced by human activity is acidifying the ocean at an unprecedented and alarming rate

  • 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

  • Gold bars
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    Golden opportunities

    20 November 2014

    Elinor Hughes finds out how chemists are challenging a misconception about gold