A new "world's hardest material" is proclaimed every few years – but taking the top spot from diamond isn't easy.
New elements found in the reactions of nuclear tests during World War II sparked the hunt for additions to the periodic table.
They might only last for a fraction of a second but four new elements have finally won their place in the periodic table. The hunt is now on to find even more.
The science behind the sensory feast of Christmas explained.
From making renewable energy practical to revolutionising farming, the chemicals industry could make a huge contribution to the environment.
When you enjoy the delicious, savory foods of Thanksgiving, you're experiencing umami, the fifth taste, with a little-known history rooted in Japan.
Levulinic acid is derived from plants and can be used to make everything from pharmaceuticals to plastics.
The online building game offers a way to explore the world of molecules like no other.
Cells must repair the thousands of bits of DNA damage they incur every day. These cellular mechanisms fend off cancerous tumors, and cancer researchers are working to harness their power.
The recipients of this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry showed that DNA is far from static. Rather, it is bombarded by damaging forces, but our bodies know how to repair these precious strands.
The 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine went partly for research done during the Chinese Cultural Revolution based on traditional Chinese medicine. Here's the story of Project 523.
The first Chinese Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded for work based on traditional Chinese medicine. Will traditional medical knowledge now share the spotlight with evidence-based medicine?
Regulations are catching up with toxic chemicals we're exposed to as products' end users. But workers in un- or underregulated places are still at risk, even from chemicals designed to be "green."
The smell of death is easily recognised but not fully understood. Identifying the compounds behind it could lead to a number of improvements in forensics, including better trained cadaver dogs.
Sodium cyanide has a particularly unpleasant reputation but if officials act fast they should be able to limit its damaging effects.
Scientists have discovered why strawberries often don't taste as good as they used to - and what can be done about it.
Most people avoid venomous creatures, but they can also teach us a lot about chemical reactions that take place outside of the body - or exochemistry.
New research couldn't find evidence for a controversial theory of how our sense of smell works.
What do pencillin, polythene and Mexican yam have in common?
Deadly pill DNP has claimed another young life.