A Basic Guide to Decoding Organic Compound Names

August 27th, 2015|

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If you’ve ever looked on the back of a bottle of shampoo, or at that of a household cleaner, you’ve probably come across a list of organic compound names. To chemists, these are precise descriptions of the compounds, but to non-chemists, they can sometimes just look like some kind of indecipherable code. The aim of today’s graphic is to try and shed a little light on this code, and what it all means. […]

  • A Guide to Different Types of Fat

A Guide to the Different Types of Fat

August 25th, 2015|

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Fat is an important nutrient in our diets, but there’s a lot of talk of different types of fats, and whether these types are beneficial or harmful to our health. These different fat classifications have their roots in chemistry – and chemistry can also help explain their effects. This graphic takes a look at the different classifications, their sources, and briefly about how they act in our body. […]

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This Week in Chemistry – Environmentally-Friendly Fireworks, & a New Type of Glass

August 23rd, 2015|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features research on removing chlorine-containing compounds from fireworks, a book that uses nanoparticles to remove bacteria from drinking water, 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. […]

  • Periodic Table of Endangered Elements

The Periodic Table’s Endangered Elements

August 19th, 2015|

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We’re all familiar with the periodic table, but the majority of non-chemists probably aren’t familiar with the everyday uses of some of the many elements it contains. Some elements that many haven’t heard of find uses in technologies or applications we take for granted – but the supplies of these elements on Earth are not infinite. Today’s graphic, in a collaboration with the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute, looks at some of the endangered elements in the periodic table, and why we might miss them when they’re gone. […]

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This Week in Chemistry – Dating Fingerprints, Reagent Capsules, & Opioids from Yeast

August 16th, 2015|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features research on dating fingerprints found at crime scenes, wax capsules to help prevent sensitive chemical reagents, 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. […]

  • The Chemistry of Swimming Pools

Chlorination & Pee in the Pool: The Chemistry of Swimming Pools

August 12th, 2015|

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Swimming pools are a brilliant way of cooling off during a hot summer. Of course, this isn’t a particularly original idea, and hundreds of people might use a particular pool every day. Chemistry is on hand to help prevent us from swimming in water that harbours potential water-borne infections. It can also help out with the cardinal sin of pool-peeing, though not without consequence. It does this, as you likely already know, through the chlorination of pool water – although it’s less simple than you might think! […]