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Chemistry

Sulphuric acid was the bedrock of the Industrial Revolution

And it is still used in fertilisers the world over today.

Atomic structure is key to making crack-resistant phone screens

A new material can withstand powerful impacts without breaking and could be used in glass products in the future.

No health risk from scented products

Perfumes are in the clear.

Life or death chemistry: how scientists analyse mysterious white powders

White powdery substances may be made up of everything from powdered sugar to explosives. We talk to the people in Norway who can figure out the difference.

3D-model of cream cheese can reduce food waste

Scientists have for the first time created a 3D-picture of a food product. The new knowledge has the potential to reduce food waste due to defective products.

Burning a match - does it get rid of nasty bathroom odors?

Two chemists attempt to answer this age-old question.

Scientists develop explosives-detecting liquid

Scientists have developed a liquid that fluoresces when in close proximity to explosives--may even replace sniffer dogs.

Ozone may be the cause of health problems among airline crew

Pilots and flight attendants have long complained about health problems. New study suggests that high ozone levels and low cabin humidity might be to blame.

Lack of oxygen did not hold back evolution of complex life

There was much more oxygen on Earth 1.4 billion years ago than scientists have previously thought. Rules out conventional theories as to what kick-started complex life on Earth.

Iron could help make cheaper solar panels

Scientists have developed a new iron compound that could be used in future solar panels, and make them cheaper, lighter, and smaller.