• The chemistry of spinach

The chemistry of spinach: the iron myth and ‘spinach teeth’

By |July 17th, 2018|

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“Spinach is a good source of iron” – a myth, but a surprisingly persistent one. The story behind the myth and the chemistry that debunks it are fascinating. Here we look at both, as well as the chemical explanation behind the ‘spinach teeth’ phenomenon.

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  • The chemistry of football shirts WC 2018

The chemistry of a football shirt – World Cup 2018 final edition

By |July 15th, 2018|

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It’s the World Cup final between France and Croatia today! Here’s an updated version of the chemistry of football shirts post, taking a look at the polymeric materials that make up a shirt.

 

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The chemistry of slime – in C&EN

By |July 9th, 2018|

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The slime-making craze is sweeping school and homes worldwide, and shows no signs of stopping. This edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at the ingredients and the science behind slime’s gooey properties. You can view the full graphic on the C&EN site here.

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  • 007 ChemMonthly June 2018

#ChemMonthly June 2018: Carbon dioxide shortage, organic molecules on Mars, and car battery improvements

By |July 9th, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on the carbon dioxide shortage that’s hit Europe, the discovery of organic molecules on Mars, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.

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  • The colour of alexandrite

The chemistry of colour-changing alexandrite

By |June 26th, 2018|

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Decades of marketing have placed diamonds on a pedestal above other gemstones. They’re an engagement ring tradition and are also found in lots of other jewellery. However, there’s another, coloured gemstone which is arguably superior. Not content with being one colour, it can display a whole range of hues, depending on the light falling on it. The gemstone in question? Alexandrite.

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  • The chemistry of the World Cup

The chemistry of the World Cup

By |June 14th, 2018|

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The 2018 World Cup kicks off today! Here’s some of the chemistry you can look out for over the next month; polymers make up the ball and the shirts, and chemistry also has a part to play in the vanishing spray that referees will be using during the games. 

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