We need phosphorus for life, as well as for fertiliser to help plants grow, but raw supplies are limited.
The technician who gave you that shiny manicure may be inhaling dangerous levels of toxic chemicals on the job.
Pizza might seem like a simple food, but it's uniquely equipped to excite our brains and thrill our taste buds.
A battery's power comes from a chemical reaction that happens inside the cell.
Episodes of reported PFAS contamination are never far from the news. Here's a run-down of what PFAS is, and why we have little reason to worry about its potential effects on our health.
You can barely communicate with your kids, but these creatures are sending complex interspecies instructions.
EPA is moving to regulate two chemicals from a group called PFAS that are contaminating drinking water. A public health expert explains why the agency should take much broader action.
The spill at Sydney's Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation facility was of a household cleaning chemical that can be dangerous if it makes contact with the skin.
Dry cleaning isn't really dry – it uses chemical solvents. Perc, the most common option, has contaminated soil and groundwater and poses serious health risks, but safer choices are emerging.
A PhD student in chemistry addresses some of the most common misconceptions about chemistry.
Hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto contend that its popular Roundup weed killer gave users cancer. But proving this kind of connection is challenging in both science and law.
Interdisciplinary research led to the discovery that three historic books were covered in a layer of arsenic.
Hundreds of people have been warned after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was poisoned with Novichok nerve agent.
Evidence suggests that some chemicals can affect our bodies – even in very low doses. How can we better identify and act on these toxic materials?
Regulation can't keep up with the thousands of harmful chemicals that wash down our drains. Rather, companies should take responsibility for their products – before they hit the market.
Research shows thyroid hormone, which is required for brain development in all vertebrates, is severely affected by chemicals present in our everyday cleaning products, clothing and cookware.
Carbon capture and storage gets a bad rap from its associations with 'clean coal'. But the technology could prove vital in cutting emissions from other industries like steel, cement and chemicals.
An expert in water science explains the mysterious chemistry behind water treatment.
Raging debates about the state of South Africa's energy industry have missed one critical area, the role of transport fuels and base chemicals.
The Assad government is accused of using chlorine gas as a weapon against its own people.