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904, 2018
  • The Chemistry of Lego

What are Lego bricks made of, and why is treading on them so painful?

By |April 9th, 2018|

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Lego is one of the most popular and instantly recognisable childhood toys out there. Have you ever wondered what those bricks are made of, or how they’re made? Or, for that matter, why it hurts so much if you tread on one? This graphic takes a look!


204, 2018
  • ChemMonthly March 2018

#ChemMonthly March 2018: A graphene-based hair dye, lithium-air batteries, and water’s two liquid states

By |April 2nd, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a longer lasting lithium-air battery, an experiment that provides evidence that water may have two liquid states, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.


2803, 2018
  • The Chemistry of Egg Fluorescence

What makes eggs glow under UV light?

By |March 28th, 2018|

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Here’s something to try over the Easter weekend: take a UV light and shine it on some eggs. You’ll be rewarded with a red glow from their shells. What causes this red glow? That’s what this graphic looks at!


2303, 2018
  • Daffodils – do they kill other flowers?

Do daffodils kill other flowers in vases?

By |March 23rd, 2018|

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Spring is here, and daffodils are blooming. You might have some in your garden, or you might pick some up at a florist to put in a vase at home. If you do, it’s a good idea to place them in a vase on their own – there are chemical reasons why daffodils and other flowers don’t mix!


1903, 2018
  • 03-19 – Sir Norman Haworth's birthday

Today in chemistry history: Sir Norman Haworth, vitamin C, and Haworth projections

By |March 19th, 2018|

Today (19th March) marks the birthday of Sir Norman Haworth – who also died on the 19th March. Haworth won a Nobel Prize in 1937 for his work on carbohydrates and vitamin C. He also developed a way of drawing 3D sugar structures, known as Haworth projections.


1403, 2018
  • C&EN - The Chemistry of Bitters Preview

The chemistry of cocktail bitters – in C&EN

By |March 14th, 2018|

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Bitters, once used medicinally, are now used to flavour cocktails. This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN takes a look at some of the different types of bitters, and a selection of the compounds that contribute to their distinct tastes. View the full graphic on the C&EN site.


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