• 16-08-20 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Slowing Sodium’s Reaction With Water, and Titan’s Methane-Filled Canyons

August 20th, 2016|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on slowing down the reaction between sodium metal and water so that the individual stages of the reaction can be seen, insights into the structural origin of iodine’s colour change with starch, 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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  • Rio Olympic Medal Compositions

The Composition of the Rio Olympics Medals

August 15th, 2016|

If you’ve been watching the Olympics, you might have assumed that the medals given out are, as advertised, made of gold, silver, and bronze. Due to metal values, however, the reality is slightly more complicated. Giving out pure gold medals would be financially crippling for the International Olympic Committee, so unsurprisingly some compromises are involved. This graphic looks at the different metals used.

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  • 16-08-14 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Olympic Pool Problems, and Shrimp-Based Wine Preservatives

August 14th, 2016|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on the Olympic diving pool chemistry debacle, how squid proteins can enable self-repairing fabrics, 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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  • A Guide to Doping In Sports

A Brief Guide to Doping in Sports

August 9th, 2016|

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The Rio Olympics are underway, and after a build-up that’s already been marred by the Russian doping scandal, officials will be on the look-out for athletes trying to gain an edge by using performance-enhancing drugs. What types of drugs will they be looking for, and why might athletes be tempted to use them in the first place? This graphic takes a look at some of the major classes of banned substances and the reasons that they are banned.

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  • 16-08-07 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – E-cigarette Concerns and Why Concrete Crumbles

August 7th, 2016|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on carcinogen found in e-cigarette vapour, a clarified understanding of concrete deformation, 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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  • Russian Doping Preview

The Chemistry Behind the Russian Doping Scandal – in C&EN

August 3rd, 2016|

The run-up to the Rio Olympics has been overshadowed by a number of issues, not least of which is the doping scandal surrounding Russian competitors. This month’s Periodic Graphics in C&EN looks at the alleged chemical cocktail that was used to dope Russian athletes at the 2012 London Games and in the 2014 Sochi Winter […]