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EXPLORATIONS OF EVERYDAY CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS

This Week in Chemistry: Blocking Alcohol’s Effects, & Recovering Palladium

03/01/2015

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Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features a hormone that minimises the effects of drunkenness in rats, a non-metal-based catalyst for creating hydrogen from water using sunlight, 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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The Chemistry of Poisons – Cyanide

02/26/2015
Poison Chemistry - Cyanide Compounds

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The second in the series on poisons looks at cyanide, another notorious agent of murder. It’s played a role in genocide, in suicide pills, and is also found in small amounts in the seeds of numerous fruits. So, why is cyanide so poisonous, and why are deaths from cyanide poisoning less of a rarity than those from arsenic poison in the modern day?

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Analytical Chemistry – A Guide to Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

02/24/2015
Analytical Chemistry - 1-H NMR Chemical Shifts

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Today’s graphic is one for the chemists, with a guide to chemical shifts in proton nuclear magnetic resonance. At first glance, for those without a background in chemistry, this may well look largely nonsensical – however, if you’re interested in learning a little more about how chemists can work out the structures of organic compounds, read on below for an explanation that tries its best to be a simple one!

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This Week in Chemistry: Nature’s Strongest Material, & Infrared Invisibility

02/22/2015

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Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features a new claimant for the strongest known natural material, the discovery that damage from UV rays can continue hours after sun exposure, 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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The Chemical Compounds Behind the Aroma of Coffee

02/17/2015
Aroma Chemistry - The Smell of Coffee

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Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or completely unfussy about the manner in which you get your caffeine fix, there’s no denying that the smell of freshly-brewed coffee in the morning is an invigorating one. The chemistry behind this aroma, though, is far from simple; a complex collection of chemical compounds are responsible, and this graphic takes a look at a selection of these.

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This Week in Chemistry: DNA Gel 3D Printing, & Light-Emitting Polymers

02/15/2015

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Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features a synthetic DNA gel that could eventually enable the 3D printing of organs for transplant, a probe which uses Raman spectroscopy to detect cancerous cells, 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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The Chemical Compounds Behind the Smell of Flowers

02/12/2015
Aroma Chemistry - Scents of Flowers

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With Valentine’s Day upcoming, part of your Valentine’s plan may well involve sending flowers. These come in an array of different colours, and also have a range of different scents. What are the chemical compounds behind these scents? That’s the question that this graphic tries to answer, with a more detailed discussion of each below.

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A Summary of Common Vaccine Components

02/10/2015
Medicinal Chemistry - Common Components of Vaccines Summary

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The recent measles outbreak in the US has once again provoked discussion over vaccinations, and why some parents choose not to vaccinate their children despite the benefits of doing so. Whilst not the only factor, part of the blame lies with misinformation about the chemical composition of vaccines and the effects these compounds can have. This graphic summarises some of the key components in vaccines, as well as clarifying their purpose and safety in the concentrations present.

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This Week in Chemistry: Stronger Steel, and DNA Data Storage

02/08/2015

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Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features a new method for making stronger steel, the first transistors made using silicene, 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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