• The Chemistry of Cherries 2016

The Chemistry of Cherries

July 21st, 2016|

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It’s cherry season in the UK, and the cherry trees are currently heaving under the weight of both sweet and sour cherries. Here we take a look at the chemical differences between the two, and why cherry stones are poisonous.

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  • 16-07-17 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Polymer Note Fingerprinting, and Synthesising Tamiflu in an Hour

July 17th, 2016|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on fingerprinting techniques for polymer notes, marine environment contamination from cigarette butts, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below, as well as further studies of interest not included in the graphic.

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  • 07-16 – Trinity Nuclear Bomb Test

Today in Chemistry History – The Trinity Nuclear Bomb Test

July 16th, 2016|

Today marks 71 years since the first nuclear weapon detonation. Codenamed ‘Trinity’ it was detonated on July 16, 1945, in the Jornada Del Muerto desert in New Mexico. This graphic takes a brief look at the device itself, and also at trinitite, the pale green glass left behind as a remnant of the test.

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  • Chemistry Techniques – Titration

Chemistry Techniques – Titration

July 14th, 2016|

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Anyone who’s studied chemistry will be overly familiar with titrations. It’s an analytical technique that can be used to find the concentration of a solution (the amount of a solute dissolved in it). I put this graphic together primarily to remind my A level students of some of the key aspects of titrations, but as well as being a handy guide for them, it’s a useful introduction to the technique for non-chemists too!

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  • C&EN USA Coin Compositions Preview

The Compositions of U.S. Coins – in C&EN

July 11th, 2016|

In this month’s Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News magazine, we’re looking at the compositions of U.S. coins, as well as some of their quirky history. Click through to the C&EN site to view the full graphic. For our UK followers, there’s also an older graphic on UK coin compositions here!

  • 16-07-10 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Mars’ Past Oxygen Atmosphere, and Hydrogen Fuel from Desalination

July 10th, 2016|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on evidence for a past oxygen atmosphere on Mars, a new theoretical explanation for the density difference of water and ice, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below, as well as further studies of interest not included in the graphic.

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