chemistry in context

  • A baby girl
    Feature

    A sinister side to a synthetic sex hormone

    1 January 2011

    The story of the discovery, synthesis and prescription of a synthetic hormone, and the effects on those who took it and their descendants

  • A large iceberg
    Feature

    The curious story of toxic ice

    1 November 2010

    In 1944 a fake article was submitted and published as a scientific paper. In the context of How Science Works, can a hoax have educational value?

  • An LCD television
    Feature

    From LCDs to medical materials

    1 November 2010

    A green technology can be used to extract valuable chemicals and the recovered low-value plastic can be turned into higher-value materials for new and important applications

  • Figure 1
    Feature

    Iron ocean seeding

    1 September 2010

    Carbon sequestration - the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - is an active area of research

  • A Roman jug
    Feature

    Lead in the environment

    1 September 2010

    Interest in lead pollution has tended to focus on the environmental consequences of the use of tetraethyl lead in petrol and of lead compounds in paint

  • Sanger sequencing
    Feature

    Single molecule sequencing

    1 September 2010

    The first draft sequence of the human genome, announced 10 years ago, was time-consuming and expensive

  • Hennig Brandt discovers phosphorus
    Feature

    The medicinal history of phosphorus

    1 September 2010

    In the early Middle Ages 'physicians' treated most illnesses ineffectually, with herbs and plant extracts

  • Figure 1 - Demonstrating a breath-sampling device
    Feature

    Breath analysis

    1 July 2010

    Breath analysis - a non-invasive health check

  • A machine moving coal supplies for a power station
    Feature

    Have your coal and burn it

    1 July 2010

    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has the potential to reduce carbon emissions and allow us to continue using fossil fuels to generate electricity

  • Mass spectrometry technology
    Feature

    Modern mass spectrometry

    1 May 2010

    Advances in mass spectrometry (MS) technology over the past 30 years have pushed this technique into the hands of biologists and biochemists