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1406, 2018
  • The chemistry of the World Cup

The chemistry of the World Cup

By |June 14th, 2018|

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The 2018 World Cup kicks off today! Here’s some of the chemistry you can look out for over the next month; polymers make up the ball and the shirts, and chemistry also has a part to play in the vanishing spray that referees will be using during the games. 


706, 2018
  • Peonies and peonin

Peonin and the colour of peonies

By |June 7th, 2018|

Peonies bloom fleetingly at the end of spring and start of summer, usually only lasting around 10 days. Inspired by this tweet from Dr Jess Wade, here’s a quick look at the molecule which gives them their colour. There’s more on the pH dependence of anthocyanin colour here.


206, 2018
  • The chemistry of milk

Why is milk white? The chemistry of milk

By |June 2nd, 2018|

Yesterday, June 1, was World Milk Day. If you’re only learning this now and you’re disappointed at missing the opportunity to celebrate your love of all things milk, good news: there’s still time to learn about its chemistry! Chemistry can help answer a number of questions about milk, including why it’s white, and why some […]

3105, 2018
  • ChemMonthly May 2018

#ChemMonthly May 2018: Fighting the cold virus, a new type of isomerism, and Pluto’s methane dunes

By |May 31st, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a small molecule that stops cold virus replication, methane ice dunes on the surface of Pluto, a new type of isomerism, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.


2305, 2018
  • The chemistry of a dishwasher

The chemistry behind how dishwashers clean

By |May 23rd, 2018|

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Huge piles of washing up can be daunting – but luckily, dishwashers can make light work of it. What’s in the colourful dishwasher tablets that helps them get your dishes sparkling and clean? This graphic takes a look at some of the key components.


1405, 2018
  • C&EN - Soap vs body wash

Soaps versus body wash – in C&EN

By |May 14th, 2018|

Soap and body wash both clean in the same way – but us different substances to do it. This graphic takes a look at the chemical similarities and differences. View the full graphic on the C&EN site. Also, check out the article the graphic accompanies, which looks at the chemistry of solid body washes!


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