Chemistry Articles

15 December 2016

European scientists are joining forces to find out more about the impact of common chemicals on human health, with the...

03 October 2016

Real life superheroes from the animal kingdom, and how they could help humanity.

26 September 2016

You've just created something new in the lab! Now, how do you find out what it is?

18 February 2016

Technology is helping halt the wave of fake drugs and their often lethal consequences.

28 January 2016

Researchers are getting ready to test a tobacco-powered aeroplane thanks to a new bio jet fuel...

04 January 2016

Should you New Year's resolution be to eat more Brussel sprouts? Discover the health benefits of the humble veg...

23 January 2015

90% of the world consumes caffeine. But are we addicted to the substance, and is it any good for us?

21 August 2014

Every chemical reaction on earth, from digesting food to powering a car requires a catalysis. We use man-made catalyses...

25 December 2013

It is London in the year 2037, and the artificial fog rolls off the Thames. A successful academic drug-hunter named...

14 August 2012

Less than 5% of the nitrogen added to crops to feed animals ends up as meat in our mouths. The rest is wasted and...

18 February 2012

Ocean deadzones are triggered by nitrogen-fuelled bursts of microorganisms. So how does this happen and what can we do...

19 August 2011

Leukaemia is a deadly cancer of the blood affecting over 250,000 people every year, many of which are children. It isn...

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21 April 2011

Countless atomic recipes and crystal arrangements mean there are literally trillions of possible materials that could...

25 October 2008

Surprising as it sounds, one of the world's top tipples a century ago was laced with cocaine. And although the...

22 December 2007

Snowflakes form when water vapour condenses directly into ice crystals, and for many years writers have used their...

06 November 2007

Ask anyone who made the world’s best violins and they’ll inevitably answer "Stradivari". But science is...

14 July 2007

Why re-invent the wheel when Nature has already come up with the best solution? Becky Poole explores the field of...

07 July 2007

Mention plastics and most people think of polythenes, perspex and other oil-based nasties that never break down. But...

03 June 2007

There was a time when almost every action movie seemed to involve the hero or villain becoming swamped in quicksand,...

03 June 2007

What is a thunderstorm, how is lightning generated by clouds, how much energy is there in a lightning bolt, and could...

21 March 2007

As the world focuses on carbon dioxide, are more dangerous agents of global warming creeping up unnoticed? Lucy...

19 April 2006

Scheele was the first to isolate Hydrogen cyanide in 1782 then went on to show its toxic effects by accidentally...

23 November 2005

Nature produces a seemingly limitless number of compounds that are valuable for treating disease. Over 30% of the top-...

18 May 2005

Photo-therapy is the term used to describe treatments which use light to achieve their effects. But how do these work...