September 2011



The Ig Nobel prizes are out! That can only mean one thing, odd science, unusual discoveries and the return of Miss Sweetie Poo, a young girl that can terrify hardened academics into cutting short their acceptance speeches. A chant of ‘Please stop I’m bored’ may be the only thing that can stop a researcher once they get into full flow! (more…)

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Obesity drug market to swell six fold in next decade – Energy cost woes for chemical companies – And Monsanto buys bee tools (more…)

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If you’re a fan of our Chemistry in its element podcasts, please take the time to vote for us in the European podcast awards. We’re relying on you – our loyal listeners – to make the difference.

If we do win, we promise there won’t be any Kate Winslet-style acceptance speeches! (Unless you ask nicely of course…)


Thanks in advance,

The Chemistry World team

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When research falls off its pedestal, the Ig Nobels are there to pick it up

…and that must mean that it’s time again for the humorous warm up – the Ig Nobels – representing the lighter, brighter and altogether dafter side of science. For those unfamiliar with the rather unconventional science awards, they are given out for research that ‘cannot, or should not, be repeated’. Just like their, well, ‘nobler’ cousins, the prizes are split between a range of different fields, including chemistry, physics and economics. But there’s more to it than silliness. The event likes to bill itself as the awards ceremony ‘that first makes people laugh, and then makes them think’. (more…)

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The sun provides us with enough energy to meet the current global energy demand 10,000 times over. To use just 1% of this would end the current energy crisis. However, as luck would have it, we don’t have the means – scientifically, financially and technologically – to do this. (more…)

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Teva continues drive into Japanese generics – 500 jobs under threat at Huntsman – And BASF sells fertiliser activity (more…)

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What’s that smell? Brian Clegg wrinkles his nose at a smelly but essential compound in this week’s Chemistry in its element podcast

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25 September 2011: Have something to say about an article you’ve read on Chemistry World this week? Leave your comments below…

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Pfizer to cut Spanish workforce by 11 per cent – Will Obama end pay-for-delay deals? – And microscopy without lenses (more…)

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Holes in your trousers? Perhaps you have a moth problem like Josh Howgego in this week’s Chemistry in its element podcast

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