New research is narrowing the gap, creating technology with the detecting capabilities of canines but without the downsides of relying on a biological system.
Eucalyptus oil is useful for lots of things – what if that list also included carbon-neutral aviation fuel? Chemistry suggests it could.
What the Montreal Protocol has done for the ozone hole threat other international accords could do for climate change – if we all agree.
Sugar is maligned for its effects on our health, but it's an amazing substance and can be used for more than just making things taste sweet.
A new theory could explain why the key molecules of life - DNA and RNA - only come in one of two possible forms.
As four new chemical elements are named, here's all you need to know.
Some 18 elements have had placeholder names derived from the Latin to stop scientists fighting over what their discoveries should be called.
Have you ever wondered how freshly baked bread gets its a golden brown crust, or why coffee beans smell so good? You can thank the miracle of the Maillard reaction.
From non-Newtownian fluids, to hydrophobic starch, to plasticisation - various flours can do amazing things. But you must choose the right one for the job!
A new scanning helium microscope offers the potential for capturing images with finer resolution than optical microscopes, but without damaging samples as with electron microscopes.
Just a few awkward questions.
Does it have a formula?
That salt on your table can do amazing things chemically, and to the flavour of your favourite food. But don't eat too much!
Scientists have found a way to encrypt messages using common chemicals such as cola and mouthwash.
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.