chemistry

  • Polly Porter rolls the stones

    As a Victorian-era girl, Mary Winearls Porter was kept from education, making her later scientifi...

    Polly Porter. The name sounds more like a character in a young-adult adventure story from the early 20th century than...

    Chemistry November 14, 2021
  • 2021 Nobel Prize-winners announced

    Amid a complex and trying year for scientists of all stripes, this year’s Nobel Prize-winners hav...

    Chemistry The 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has just been awarded for the development of a precise new molecule-bu...

    Culture October 7, 2021
  • A quick way to weigh molecules

    Researchers have found a simpler way to identify chemicals.

    A mystery substance is analysed and found to contain, let’s say, five compounds. How is that analysis actually done? ...

    Australia July 26, 2021
  • Explainer

    What’s in a COVID vaccine?

    We examine every single ingredient.

    You may have heard a lot about how COVID vaccines work over the past year, and how they are being rolled out. But scr...

    Core Sciences July 12, 2021
  • Making light of molecule manufacture

    Chemists have seen the light and developed a better way of making cyclodextrin.

    You may not have heard of cyclodextrins, but chances are you’ve used or ingested things made with them. The doughnut-...

    Chemistry June 22, 2021
  • The chemistry of soap

    A few minor cosmetic tweaks aside, the basic recipe for soap has endured for millennia.

    by Jacinta Bowler Show of hands: who has become infinitely, intimately more familiar with soap recently? If 2020 w...

    Chemistry June 21, 2021
  • Jane Marcet teaches chemistry

    One of the world’s most influential chemistry teachers wasn’t trained as a scientist.

    Jane Marcet wasn’t a scientist, and yet during her life she exerted tremendous influence over the practice of science...

    Chemistry June 6, 2021
  • Explainer

    Explainer: What is a polymer?

    This class of molecule appears across chemistry, biology and technology – so what exactly are pol...

    Polymers are used all across chemistry and materials science. With a growing need for plastics recycling and increasi...

    Chemistry June 2, 2021
  • Using a phone to identify molecules

    Researchers have put together a cheap device that could carry out sophisticated chemical analyses.

    With a few additions, commercial smartphones can be used as microscopes and medical monitors. But the humble phone ma...

    Materials May 5, 2021
  • Molecules brought into a single quantum state

    Breakthrough in quantum chemistry has implications for quantum technology.

    Quantum technology has a lot of promise, but several research barriers need to be overcome before it can be widely us...

    Chemistry April 29, 2021
  • Why antibiotics shouldn’t be in soap

    It’s the “soap” in antibacterial soap that’s protecting your hands – not the “antibacterial”.

    You might assume that a soap or a cleaning product labelled as “antimicrobial” or “antibacterial” is a safer, more hy...

    Chemistry April 26, 2021
  • Whitest, coolest paint ever made

    The highly reflective paint could reduce reliance on air conditioning.

    A team of US engineers has developed the whitest – and therefore coolest – paint in the world, able to reflect 98.1% ...

    Chemistry April 16, 2021
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