The 2017 Compound Interest chemistry advent calendar

By |December 1st, 2017|

It’s the start of December, which means you’ve probably already cracked open the chocolate advent calendar if you celebrate Christmas. Whether you do or not, the Compound Interest Chemistry Advent is back for its fourth year and is a great way to get your daily chemistry fix!

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  • The Chemistry of Fossilisation

How did ammonite fossils form?

By |November 29th, 2017|

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If you’ve ever gone combing beaches for ammonite fossils, you might have wondered about the processes which produced them. They can come in a number of shapes and forms, and their appearance can be influenced by the manner in which they were formed. This graphic takes a brief look at some of these processes!

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  • 17-11-26 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Lightning-triggered photonuclear reactions, and a Chernobyl mystery solved

By |November 26th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on the confirmation that lightning can trigger photonuclear reactions in the atmosphere, what caused the first explosion at Chernobyl, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • Turkey Chemistry

The flavour chemistry of your Thanksgiving turkey

By |November 23rd, 2017|

Got the turkey in the oven for Thanksgiving? Here’s a brief look at the chemical compounds behind its flavour. There’s more on the reactions that produce these compounds in this graphic on the Maillard reaction. If you’re celebrating, happy Thanksgiving!

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  • 17-11-19 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Rock nitrate storage concerns, and Pluto’s hydrocarbon haze

By |November 19th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on concerns about the storage of nitrate compounds in fertilisers in rocks underground, a suggested reason why Pluto is colder than expected, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • C&EN - The Chemistry of Dry Cleaning Preview

The chemistry of dry cleaning – in C&EN

By |November 15th, 2017|

In the Northern hemisphere, it’s getting to the time of year where you may well be dragging your winter coat out of the wardrobe and taking it to the dry cleaners. Here, we explain how the dry-cleaning process works and the chemicals involved. Click through to the C&EN site to view the full graphic.

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