• Chemistry of tulips and tulip fingers

The chemistry of tulips and tulip fingers

By |April 25th, 2018|

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‘Tulip fingers’ might sound like a bizarre floral-themed version of Edward Scissorhands, but it’s actually a condition that can be caused by skin contact with tulip bulbs. It’s common amongst workers in the tulip industry, whose jobs involve sorting and packaging of tulip bulbs. This graphic takes a look at the compounds behind the condition.

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  • Sant Jordi ICIQ 2018

Feliç dia de Sant Jordi – with ICIQ

By |April 23rd, 2018|

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April 23 is Saint George’s Day, celebrated in particular by a number of countries and cities where Saint George is the patron saint. One of these is England, but another is Catalonia. Like last year, I’ve worked with the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia and illustrator Miriam Rivera to produce a graphic looking at aspects of their celebrations.

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  • C&EN - Plastic Recycling preview

Earth Day 2018: How are plastics recycled?

By |April 22nd, 2018|

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This year’s Earth Day is focused on mobilizing the world to end plastic pollution. Here, we examine plastics recycling, which plays a big part in these efforts, and the recycling process. View the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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  • 04-19 – Glenn Seaborg's birthday v2

Today in chemistry history: Glenn Seaborg and transuranium element discovery

By |April 19th, 2018|

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Today (19th April) marks the birthday of Glenn Seaborg. At the University of California, Berkeley, Seaborg and his colleagues discovered ten of the transuranium elements (elements after uranium in the Periodic Table).

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  • The Chemistry of Lego

What are Lego bricks made of, and why is treading on them so painful?

By |April 9th, 2018|

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Lego is one of the most popular and instantly recognisable childhood toys out there. Have you ever wondered what those bricks are made of, or how they’re made? Or, for that matter, why it hurts so much if you tread on one? This graphic takes a look!

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  • ChemMonthly March 2018

#ChemMonthly March 2018: A graphene-based hair dye, lithium-air batteries, and water’s two liquid states

By |April 2nd, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a longer lasting lithium-air battery, an experiment that provides evidence that water may have two liquid states, 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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