chemistry in context

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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.

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    How much horse meat?

    1 July 2013

    It's a simple enough question, but the media, the public and even government officials are having trouble understanding just how much horse meat is in some processed food. Ian Farrell makes sense of the confusion

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    Glass for generations

    1 March 2013

    Josh Howgego finds out how converting radioactive waste into novel glass materials could be a safe, secure way to deal with the legacy of nuclear power stations

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    Paper conservation

    1 March 2013

    History is written on paper and chemistry is at the heart of paper conservation

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    It's not all about fuel

    1 January 2013

    Biofineries produce heat, power and a plethora of useful 'platform chemicals'. Are they part of the solution to our renewable energy woes? Josh Howgego finds out

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    Beating HIV with a nanosized stick

    1 January 2013

    Nina Notman finds out how scientists at the University of Liverpool use nanomedicine to aid the successful treatment of HIV

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    Fire and light in the sky

    1 September 2012

    A close look at the history and science of fireworks, used over centuries in celebrations across the world

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    Chemistry with lasers

    1 July 2012

    The Lasers for Science Facility in Harwell, UK, lets chemists see and manipulate chemical and biological systems. This research has a direct impact on our everyday lives.