Boron is the hidden ingredient in a lot of our technology. Get to know this plucky little element.
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?
New materials just one atom thick could help make graphene even more useful.
Scientists continue to invent new colours for new applications thanks to nanoscale structures.
Why do one big experiment when you can do millions of tiny ones?
Compressed glassy carbon could be used to make better bulletproof vests or new types of electronics.
Energy from the sun's rays can cause skin damage and cancers. Sunscreens can absorb or reflect the dangerous UV light. Here's how it works.
The periodic table is one of the classic images of science that is found in labs as well as on t-shirts, mugs, even set to music. But what exactly is the periodic table?
It was not until the 1980s that the environment became a priority for the chemical industry, and it was the industry's bid to clean up that gave birth to 'green chemistry'.
Research on molecular machines won last year's Nobel Prize in chemistry. Now scientists have figured out a way to get these tiny molecules to join forces and collaborate on real work on a macro scale.
If it weren't for chemistry, that pile of wrinkled shirts would take even longer to sort out.
An expert in water science explains the mysterious chemistry behind water treatment.
Nitrogen trichloride makes swimming pools smell and is a good indicator of plenty of pee.
An explosive was recently made by accident in a UK lab, but many labs across the world make them for interest and application.
The reason you feel things as solid is all to do with electrons.
Surely only a weirdo wouldn't enjoy the smell of flowers and pine forests? But as Kate Grenville writes in her latest book, fragrance causes untold misery to many of us.
The proof is in the pottery.
A new study analyses the chemistry of a Stradivarius, but there's little evidence these violins actually sound any better.
Plan to develop long-lasting supercapacitors would provide a faster, safer alternative to lithium batteries.
The same chemical reaction is behind the frothing of milk in your cappuccino and the whipping of egg whites in sweet meringue.