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1607, 2017
  • 17-07-16 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Tomato chemicals and caterpillar cannibalism, and a Big Bang BaZnGa compound

By |July 16th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features research on how tomato plant chemicals can drive caterpillars to cannibalism, a chemical compound inspired by Big Bang Theory, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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1307, 2017
  • C&EN - The Chemistry of Frozen Desserts Preview

The Chemistry of Frozen Desserts – in C&EN

By |July 13th, 2017|

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Ever wondered what the difference is between ice cream, gelato, and sorbet? This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN is here to help out! Click through the the C&EN site to view the full graphic.

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1007, 2017
  • The Chemistry of Lavender & How it Repels Moths

Why Can Lavender Be Used to Repel Moths? – The Chemistry of Lavender

By |July 10th, 2017|

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Hanging in the wardrobes of our flat, alongside our clothes, are a couple of small bags of dried lavender. Like many others, we keep them there to ward off clothes moths, but while offhandedly discussing this a couple of weeks ago I realised that I had absolutely no idea if there was scientific evidence to back up this repellent effect. So, I did what any good scientist would, and started a quest to find out whether lavender’s anti-moth powers were the real deal, or as scientifically holey as the moth-eaten clothes it claims to ward against!

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907, 2017
  • 17-07-09 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – The Secrets of Roman Concrete, and Bactericidal Compounds on Mars

By |July 9th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features research on why Roman concrete is stronger than modern concrete, the discovery that bactericidal compounds form on the surface of Mars, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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207, 2017
  • 17-07-02 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Nutmeg Compound Beats Menthol’s Cooling, and How Plants Release Fragrance

By |July 2nd, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features research on a compound in nutmeg which tastes cooler than menthol, a polymer worm which can move at the speed of a caterpillar in UV light, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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2706, 2017
  • The Smelly Chemistry of the Titan Arum Corpse Flower

The Smelly Chemistry of the Titan Arum ‘Corpse Flower’

By |June 27th, 2017|

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Usually, you’d want to stay as far away as possible from a smell described variously as like ‘dead rat’, ‘mouldy bath mat’, or ‘cabbages and death’. However, the residents of Cambridge, UK, have been flocking to the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens over the past two days to sample this unpleasant sounding aroma for themselves. The explanation lies in the source of the smell: the rare occurrence of a Titan Arum plant flowering.

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