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  • C&EN Evergreen Trees Preview

How Do Evergreen Trees Stay Green? – In C&EN

January 16th, 2017|

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While some trees drop their leaves in autumn, others stay green all year round. How do they accomplish this, and what’s the benefit? This graphic takes a look at some of the chemical tricks these trees utilise. Click here to view the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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  • 17-01-15 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – The Most Tightly-Knotted Structure Ever, and Isotopes Determine the Moon’s Age

January 15th, 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 creation of the most tightly-knotted molecular structure known, a sensor that can monitor blood drug concentrations in real time, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • The Chemistry of Bodily Fluid Colours

The Chemistry of the Colours of Bodily Fluids

January 12th, 2017|

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A particular bodily fluid featured in the political news earlier this week, which got me thinking about the chemical causes behind the colours of the waste products we expel from our bodies. What makes urine golden, faeces brown, and bile green? The answers to all of these questions have a common chemical link.

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  • C&EN Deicers & Antifreeze Preview

The Chemistry of Deicers and Antifreeze – in C&EN

January 9th, 2017|

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Given the current cold spells across Europe, here’s an old but topical graphic I made for C&EN looking at some of the different compounds used as deicers, and the differences between them. Click here to view the full graphic on the C&EN site!

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  • 17-01-08 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Searching Roadkill for Drugs, and Plastic from a Christmas Tree Chemical

January 8th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on how a chemical found in Christmas trees can lead to a sustainable plastic, an insight into the chemical basis behind the sense of touch, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • Fireworks – The Chemistry of their Environmental Effects

The Dark Side of Fireworks – The Chemistry of their Environmental Effects

January 5th, 2017|

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Many of us enjoyed watching spectacular fireworks displays to usher in the new year. However, the vibrant colours of fireworks belie the effects that they can have on the environment. With this graphic, we take a look at some of the issues that they can cause.

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