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    Mass spectrometry - the early days

    1 May 2010

    1912, physicist Joseph John (J. J.) Thomson discovers mass spectrometry

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    Five rings good, four rings bad

    1 March 2010

    Fifty years ago steroid abuse among sportsmen and women was a serious problem. Today, thanks to the skills of analytical chemists, the sporting cheats rarely win

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    Aromatase: a target for cancer treatment

    1 January 2010

    The enzyme aromatase plays an important role in the growth of human tumours. Its recently solved structure should lead to new anticancer drugs.

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    Catalysts for a green industry

    1 July 2009

    Chemists are working to develop new, longer-lasting catalysts to ensure industrial processes are cleaner, greener and more efficient

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    Ida Noddack and the missing elements

    1 March 2009

    Distinguished women chemists were rare in the early 20th century, but their contributions to chemistry are of great significance. Ida Noddack's scientific career centred around her intensive study of the Periodic Table, and resulted in her discovery, with husband Walter Noddack and physicist Otto Berg, of the metal rhenium, and ...

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    Microbial iron scavengers

    1 January 2009

    Medicinal and analytical chemists take their cue from micro-organisms' ability to bind to iron in the design of new drugs and sensors

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    Fighting skin cancer with prodrugs

    1 May 2007

    Prodrugs - selective chemical agents - are beginning to show potential as a cure for skin cancer

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    Who really discovered the Haber process?

    1 May 2007

    Although Fritz Haber's name is now attached to the process for the synthesis of ammonia from its constituent elements by using high pressure, who was responsible for this reaction?

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    Drugs for dementia

    1 January 2007

    About 10 per cent of men and women over 65, and nearly half of those over 80, have Alzheimer's disease

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    Glass bones

    1 November 2006

    'Bioactive' ceramic and glass alternatives could improve the quality of life for millions of people suffering from osteoporosis