chemistry in context

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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

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    Protecting chemical innovations

    1 January 2012

    Researchers can protect their chemical inventions from competitors with patents but this is a long and complex process which needs expert guidance

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    Teaching chemistry in 3D using crystal structure data

    1 November 2011

    Fundamental topics such as stereochemistry are taught in 2 or 2.5D - the Cambridge Structural Database provides an interactive 3D solution

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    Drug Discovery: metformin and the control of diabetes

    1 November 2011

    Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease, and it's on the increase. The search for a treatment is a story that traverses the world and touches on the treatment of other diseases

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    Clean energy

    1 September 2011

    Tom Westgate meets some chemists working towards a fossil fuel-free future

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    The discovery of fluorine

    1 September 2011

    The hazardous nature of hydrogen fluoride brought agony and death to investigators during early attempts to isolate fluorine

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    Molybdenum and evolution

    1 September 2011

    Recent discoveries indicate that our atmosphere was not always oxygen rich - molybdenum could have been the limiting factor in the evolution of life on earth

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    A healthy, wealthy, sustainable world

    1 September 2011

    ..won't happen without chemists. We need a new generation of young chemists to avoid becoming an undernourished, impoverished, unsustainable world.

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    Discovering iodine

    1 June 2011

    From a chance discovery by a French saltpetre manufacturer, iodine celebrates 200 years of use in industry and medical science in 2011

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    Biomimetics

    1 June 2011

    The next generation of functional materials will need to include aniostropic (directionally dependent) crystals. But how has nature been the source of inspiration for these?