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    Waste not, want not

    1 November 2015

    Elinor Hughes investigates some of the latest developments in recycling food waste

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    Improving rare earth separation

    3 July 2015

    Photochemistry selectively removes europium from red lamp phosphor

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    Achieving food security for Africa

    1 May 2015

    Isobel Hogg explores a farming technique that has increased food supplies for thousands of African farmers and their families

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    Dutch roads smarten up

    3 July 2014

    Nina Notman explores the possibility of interactive, sustainable highways

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    When chemistry and art collide

    1 July 2014

    From disappearing bottles to catalytic clothing: Josh Howgego investigates how a scientist–artist duo is starting conversations about society’s future

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    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

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    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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    The science of sorting

    2 September 2013

    Many of the UK's local authorities collect recyclable waste mixed together in the same bin. Mike Tingle discovers how differences in chemical and physical properties are used to separate a wide variety of materials

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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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    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?