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  • Man installing solar panels

    Panels for pupils

    6 March 2014

    Installing solar panels in a school − or at least building your own mock-ups − isn’t as difficult as you might think, finds Josh Howgego

  • Christmas tree

    Terpenes: not just for Christmas

    7 January 2014

    The chemicals that give Christmas trees their pine fresh smell could be at the centre of a chemical revolution, as Josh Howgego explains

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    Exhibition chemistry

    Ethanol rockets

    1 May 2013

    Putting the energy from the 'methanol whoosh bottle experiment' to good use

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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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    Shining light on artificial photosynthesis

    1 March 2012

    Mimicking plant life could be our way out of the energy crisis. Anna Lewcock talks to Tony Harriman to find out more

  • The sun setting over the earth

    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

  • Drinking water in a glass
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    Water for life

    1 June 2011

    Tom Westgate investigates the chemistry and chemists helping more people to access clean water

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    The evolution of catalytic converters

    1 June 2011

    From early smog problems to modern concerns about air pollution, catalysts pave the way in controlling the emissions from combustion engines

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    Iron ocean seeding

    1 September 2010

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

  • Bales of compacted cans
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    Recycling plastic bottles

    1 May 2010

    Recycling plastic bottles prevents the plastic from going to landfill, saves energy and reduces our dependency on oil. But what do we have to do to put the bottle back on the supermarket shelf?