chemistry in context

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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.

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    Salting away our spare gas

    1 July 2012

    Sodium chloride for chemical and food uses is obtained by solution mining. Huge caverns left behind in the rock salt make convenient out-of-sight gas holders

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    The chemistry of pottery

    1 July 2012

    Pottery vessels have been made for around 18,000 years. But how does clay extracted from the earth become a colourful pot, and what's the chemistry behind the process?

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    What's in your strawberries?

    1 May 2012

    Why are strawberries so irresistible? Do the strawberries you pick in the wild really taste nicer than shop-bought ones?

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    Nitrous oxide: are you having a laugh?

    1 March 2012

    Since its discovery, laughing gas has played its part in our dental surgeries, operating theatres and - more controversially - at our parties