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The modern Alchemist

20th December 2012

The Royal Institution's 2012 Christmas Lectures presented by chemist Peter Wothers have been broadcasted on BBC Four in December and are now available online

  • Mpemba competition shortlist announced

    19th December 2012

    11 entries chosen among the 22000 - winners to be announced on 10 January

  • Romantic Chemistry

    13th December 2012

    An interesting exhibition about the extraordinary history of unusual elements with objects and manuscripts of archives and artefacts from the collections of the Royal Society

  • Lefkowitz and Kobilka awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2012

    11th December 2012

    They received their Nobel Prize medal and diploma from His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

  • Heather Williams

    10th December 2012

    Let’s find out more about the founder and director of ScienceGrrl

  • Curiosity update

    6th December 2012

    Paolo Bellutta, one of the drivers of the Mars Rover, tells us more about the on-going mission

  • Lesley Yellowlees

    5th December 2012

    Meet the new RSC President, the first woman in 171 years of history

  • The forgotten scientist who trained T.E. Lawrence behind enemy lines

    4th December 2012

    50th anniversary of Lawrence of Arabia next Monday spurs call for recognition

  • Audrey Cameron

    3rd December 2012

    First deaf chemistry PhD in Scotland, who now develops British Sign Language for science teachers

  • Crystallography on BBC Radio 4

    29th November 2012

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discussed the history crystallography

  • Science: It’s a Real Thing!

    26th November 2012

    The first of a series of features about ScienceGrrl, a network of (almost entirely) very passionate female scientists committed to passing this love on to the next generation

  • Women Champions in Science

    23rd November 2012

    The RSC is hosting a play for school students called If Chloe Can…, based on a book by Esther McVey MP

  • From pure science to profit

    23rd November 2012

    Creativity in chemistry allows us to discover things that no one knew were there to be discovered. Scientists need to be aware of business needs but not driven by them, says John Cadogan

  • Lord Porter honoured at Imperial College

    21st November 2012

    The RSC has awarded a National Chemical Landamark in the 10th year anniversary of the Nobel Laureate's death

  • A unique perfume for a unique Queen

    19th November 2012

    The Royal Society of Chemistry has commissioned Adamas, an exclusive fragrance to be given to Her Majesty The Queen as a Christmas gift to mark the end of her Diamond Jubilee Year

  • Professor Alain Fuchs, President CNRS, visits the RSC

    19th November 2012

    He has discuss the "New trends in the French policy for science and technology - CNRS contribution"

  • Michael Edenborough

    12th November 2012

    How a trained chemist moves to become an intellectual property barrister

  • Insulin dose through the nose – the end of injections for diabetics?

    8th November 2012

    Scientists have developed a once-a-day nasal gel formulation for the delivery of insulin that could put an end to injections for Type 1 diabetes sufferers

  • Non-animal test could spare 1 million mice

    5th November 2012

    The Royal Society of Chemistry today welcomed the implementation of newly-developed non-animal methods of testing for poisons in shellfish from the seas around Britain which has led to 14,000 mice being spared testing and death in 2012

  • Keep calm and do chemistry

    5th November 2012

    On 7th November 2012 share chemistry in real time

  • Looking for a winner

    31st October 2012

    Have you voted for your favourite entry to the Mpemba competition?

  • Debate on Synthetic Biology

    25th October 2012

    The Royal Society of Chemistry hosted a panel discussion and debate to explore the science and ethics of synthetic biology and what it means for the UK.

  • Design the RSC’s Facebook cover photo for December

    24th October 2012

    Embrace the Christmas spirit and send us chemistry-inspired pictures/drawings

  • Bill Bryson Prize 2012

    22nd October 2012

    An insight in this year edition of our Science Communication competition

  • The conception of a contraceptive

    15th October 2012

    The first contraceptive pill was developed on this day in 1951

  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2012

    10th October 2012

    Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka were awarded by Nobel Foundation in Stockholm for their groundbreaking discoveries that reveal the inner workings of G-protein-coupled receptors

  • Chemical poetry

    4th October 2012

    Some poetry inspired by chemistry on National Poetry Day

  • Unveiling the mummy

    1st October 2012

    What chemistry can tell us about ancient Egyptians mummies

  • The continuing creation of Physical Chemistry

    28th September 2012

    Peter Atkins on the story of his most famous work and the future of textbooks

  • Silent Spring

    28th September 2012

    50 years anniversary of Rachel Carson's book that inspired the environmental movement

  • Using Chemistry to Improve Agricultural Productivity

    24th September 2012

    Dr John Clough, Syngenta, will speak at the Chemistry Centre in the Chemistry for Tomorrow's World 2012 Lecture Series

  • Abiraterone - UK Discovery Excellence

    17th September 2012

    Professor Johann de Bono, Institute of Cancer Research, will speak at the Chemistry Centre in the Chemistry for Tomorrow's World 2012 Lecture Series

  • Chemistry in the garden

    13th September 2012

    Find out which plants have provided inspiration for chemistry research with the Discovery Trail, the new chemistry focused audio tour at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Harboretum

  • Chemistry in the garden

    13th September 2012

    Find out which plants have provided inspiration for chemistry research with the Discovery Trail, the new chemistry focused audio tour at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Harboretum

  • Hunting the Elements

    11th September 2012

    Today and tomorrow on PBS America (at 7.50pm on Sky 166 Virgin Media 243) watch "Hunting The Elements", a two part program presented by David Pogue, the New York Times technology correspondent.

  • Earth to Mars

    7th September 2012

    Watch our chat with Paolo Bellutta, one of the Mars rover's drivers

  • Energised by Science

    3rd September 2012

    The British Science Festival 2012 takes place in Aberdeen 4-9 September

  • Francis W. Aston

    1st September 2012

    September 1st is the anniversary of the birth the British chemist and physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1922

  • London 2012 – Act II

    29th August 2012

    The London 2012 Paralympics promise yet more sporting excitement, and even science plays a part

  • Too red to be on the loose

    23rd August 2012

    Some chemistry insight into the brightly colour of the scarlet ibis escaped from the Edinburgh Zoo

  • Celebrating Berzelius

    20th August 2012

    24 new videos to celebrate the Swedish chemist who discovered silicon, cerium, selenium, and thorium

  • Healthier chocolate

    14th August 2012

    Who would not like to be able to eat chocolate and not think too much about the fat content? What if I tell you chemists are trying to make that happen?

  • All the colours of... the shooting stars

    10th August 2012

    The chemistry behind the Perseid meteor shower

  • They sent a chemist to Mars!

    6th August 2012

    NASA Car-sized Rover Curiosity landed on Mars ready for two-year investigation

  • Artificial Jellyfish

    23rd July 2012

    Researchers from Harvard University and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have created Medusoid, a pseudo-organism made from rat heart muscle cells and silicone membrane with eight appendages.

  • Freezing Hot

    16th July 2012

    If you take two bodies of water, identical in all parameters, except in temperature, and put them in a freezer, initially hot water will freeze faster than cold water.

  • London 2012: science is ready!

    18th June 2012

    Some insight on the key role science will play in the approaching Olympic and Paralympics games

  • Five rings to charm us all

    2nd June 2012

    The molecule you are looking at is called olympicene and the mere fact that you can see this image (and many more here) is newsworthy.

  • Tea/Coffee? Yes, no, maybe.

    2nd May 2012

    To drink or not to drink, this is the question. Over the years tea and coffee have been associated with a lot of heath issues, both positively and negatively.

  • From test tube to Turner

    13th April 2012

    The role of the chemistry in art