• 01-23 - Gertrude Elion's Birthday

Today in Chemistry History: Gertrude B Elion and drug discovery firsts

By |January 23rd, 2018|

Today, 23 January, marks the birthday of Gertrude B Elion, a chemist who jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work on drug treatments and the discovery of several drugs used to treat a variety of diseases. This graphic takes a look at some of the key medicines she discovered.

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  • 01-19 – Susan Solomon and the ozone hole

Today in Chemistry History: Susan Solomon, ozone depletion, and CFCs

By |January 19th, 2018|

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Today (19 Jan) marks the birthday of Susan Solomon. Her work led to confirmation that chlorine-containing compounds can deplete ozone. In particular, she explained why this depletion was focused over the poles. This graphic looks at how ozone depletion happens. Below, we’ll look in more detail at Solomon’s contributions.

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  • Puffer fish & Tetrodotoxin

Fugu and tetrodotoxin: how the pufferfish can kill

By |January 17th, 2018|

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Pufferfish: kind of cute, right? Also kind of poisonous. They hit the news this week after a Japanese supermarket accidentally sold five packages of fugu (as it’s known in Japan) without removing the highly poisonous livers. This post looks at what makes them so poisonous.
 

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  • C&EN Wildfires Preview

Wildfires: causes, combustion products, and health risks – in C&EN

By |January 15th, 2018|

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Even in the depths of winter, wildfires have been raging in some U.S. states. There were over 66,000 wildfires across the U.S. last year, and this month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN magazine takes a look at the products of these large-scale combustion reactions, as well as the effects that these products can have on our health. Click through to the C&EN site to view the full graphic!

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  • Blood Types & Compatibilities

National Blood Donor Month: Blood type compatibilities

By |January 12th, 2018|

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January is National Blood Donor Month. If you’ve ever donated blood (or received blood from a donation) then you might have wondered why some types of blood can’t be given to some people. And what is it that makes blood types different anyway? This graphic looks at the compatibilities of different blood types, and below we’ll try to get to the bottom of what makes them different.

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  • The Year in Chemistry – 2017

The Year in Chemistry – 2017’s biggest chemistry stories

By |December 30th, 2017|

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As we head into 2018, it’s time to take a look back at some of the biggest chemistry news stories over the past year. This year’s chemistry news featured poisonous frogs, battery fires, element creation, and more!

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