One of the great technological challenges of this century is to design novel items and then make them – and have the results match the intent.
Chemicals have a bad rap these days. But the fact is that everything is made of chemicals. Here are some of the chemicals at work in your kitchen.
Discover the chemical wonders in your kitchen cupboard.
Scientists have discovered the first easy-to-grow bacteria that can break down plastics.
Our civilisation is built on chemistry, and the science has a bright future, with the launch of a new Decadal Plan that will steer the science into the future.
Think atomic theory was invented in the 19th century? Try 5th century BC.
Getting tellurium and phosphorus to form a molecule is stupidly hard and not very glamorous. Here's why it's worth the effort.
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.
This year's 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."