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November/December 2016
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Legend has it that Isaac Newton’s insight into the natural world was inspired by an apple; Arindam Phani has taken his own inspiration from the insects that might have sought out that fruit.

November/December 2016
PHARMACEUTICALS

Among the many innovations that the original Star Trek series offered to illustrate how much more comfortable life in the future could be, perhaps none was more intimate than the delivery of medicine into a patient’s body. In place of today’s...

November/December 2016
FUNDAMENTALS

Since the features of carbon nanotubes were first identified more than 25 years ago, high expectations have accompanied these single-walled structures. They offer exceptional tensile strength, useful optical properties...

November/December 2016
BIOCHEMISTRY

As researchers tease apart the intricate biochemical operations within a cell, they need an entirely new class of tools to take some fundamental measurements. But at scales of only a few nanometres, measuring even elementary...

November/December 2016
MATERIALS SCIENCE

Atomic layer deposition (ALD), one of the semiconductor industry’s workhorse technologies, is responsible for creating ultra-thin films of exotic materials that allow so many of our appliances to work their electronic magic.

November/December 2016
POLYMERS

Seafood lovers around the world savour the tender meat of crustaceans but want nothing to do with their exoskeleton packaging, which is whisked from the table in short order. All those shells amount to a lot of waste; diners might consume three quarters of the caught...

September/October 2016
RADIOCHEMISTRY

Canadian researchers have spent the past few years refining a home-grown solution to the challenge of generating medical isotopes without a nuclear reactor. Now they are preparing to market the results globally.

A sample of stepanovite, a rare organic mineral found in Siberia with the features of synthetic metal-organic frameworks.
September/October 2016
GEOCHEMISTRY

Canadian and Russian researchers discover the first naturally occurring example of metal-organic frameworks.