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305, 2018
  • 005 ChemMonthly April 2018

#ChemMonthly April 2018: Infinitely recyclable plastic, Uranus’s eggy gas, and neonicotinoid ban

By |May 3rd, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on an infinitely recyclable plastic, a semi-infinite store of rare earth elements, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.


3004, 2018
  • 04-30 – Discovery of the electron

Today in chemistry history: J. J. Thomson and the discovery of the electron

By |April 30th, 2018|

On this day (30 April) in 1897, Joseph J Thomson announced the discovery of the electron. It was the first time a subatomic particle had been discovered. This graphic takes a quick look at his discovery; for a more detailed explanation, check out this Institute of Physics article. For more on different models of the atom over the years, there’s this graphic highlighting key theories and models.


2504, 2018
  • Chemistry of tulips and tulip fingers

The chemistry of tulips and tulip fingers

By |April 25th, 2018|

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‘Tulip fingers’ might sound like a bizarre floral-themed version of Edward Scissorhands, but it’s actually a condition that can be caused by skin contact with tulip bulbs. It’s common amongst workers in the tulip industry, whose jobs involve sorting and packaging of tulip bulbs. This graphic takes a look at the compounds behind the condition.


2304, 2018
  • Sant Jordi ICIQ 2018

Feliç dia de Sant Jordi – with ICIQ

By |April 23rd, 2018|

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April 23 is Saint George’s Day, celebrated in particular by a number of countries and cities where Saint George is the patron saint. One of these is England, but another is Catalonia. Like last year, I’ve worked with the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia and illustrator Miriam Rivera to produce a graphic looking at aspects of their celebrations.


2204, 2018
  • C&EN - Plastic Recycling preview

Earth Day 2018: How are plastics recycled?

By |April 22nd, 2018|

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This year’s Earth Day is focused on mobilizing the world to end plastic pollution. Here, we examine plastics recycling, which plays a big part in these efforts, and the recycling process. View the full graphic on the C&EN site.


1904, 2018
  • 04-19 – Glenn Seaborg's birthday v2

Today in chemistry history: Glenn Seaborg and transuranium element discovery

By |April 19th, 2018|

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Today (19th April) marks the birthday of Glenn Seaborg. At the University of California, Berkeley, Seaborg and his colleagues discovered ten of the transuranium elements (elements after uranium in the Periodic Table).


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