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Web Date: December 30, 2015

C&EN’s 10 Most Popular Articles From 2015

A Look Back: These are the chemistry stories from the past year that you read the most
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Lego To Replace Oil-Based Plastics | June 29, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 26
Talented 12
Helium Beer, From Prank To Tank | November 2, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 43
A New Spin On The Old Gram StainNuclear Forensics Shows Nazis Were Nowhere Near Making Atomic Bomb | October 5, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 39DuPont Will Dissolve Central ResearchGlobal Top 50 | July 27, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 30
When Chemicals Became Weapons of War | 100 Years of Chemical Weapons
Suspected Meth Lab Explodes At National Institute Of Standards & Technology
Postdoctoral Researcher Killed In Fire At Tsinghua University

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Tragedy, toys, and up-and-coming chemists led our most popular chemistry stories of 2015.

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Environment: Danish toy maker will invest $150 million, hire more than 100 people to develop sustainable plastics for its signature product

We decided to make our own helium beer. For real.

Congress: Safety of researchers is questioned in the wake of bizarre incident

Lab Safety: Accident happened during an experiment that may have involved hydrogen

The release of poison gas 100 years ago changed the face of World War I and gave humanity a new weapon of mass destruction

Welcome to C&EN’s first annual Talented 12 feature, in which we highlight path-paving young researchers and entrepreneurs who are using chemistry to solve global problems

Microbiology: Using spectroscopy, researchers upended the belief that bacteria completely absorb the dye used to identify different bacterial types

Reorganization: DuPont is reshuffling its R&D organization in advance of its merger with Dow

Falling oil prices led to lower chemical sales but higher profits at the top chemical makers

Analysis of historic uranium samples from Germany’s wartime experiments solves World War II mystery

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