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. 

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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!

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2502, 2018
  • Winter Olympic Medal Compositions 2018

What are the 2018 Winter Olympics medals made of?

By |February 25th, 2018|

If you’ve been enjoying the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang over the past few weeks, you might have wondered what the medals the winning athletes receive are made of. As this graphic shows, it’s not quite as simple as gold, silver, and bronze!

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1109, 2017
  • C&EN - The Chemistry of Different Glues Preview

The chemistry of glue – in C&EN

By |September 11th, 2017|

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It’s back to school season which means it’s time to stock up on classroom supplies, including glue. This month’s Periodic Graphics in C&EN takes a look at what gives some of the main types of adhesives their stickiness! Click through the the C&EN site to view the full graphic.

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3107, 2017
  • 07-31 – Stephanie Kwolek's Birthday

Today in Chemistry History – Stephanie Kwolek and Kevlar

By |July 31st, 2017|

Today marks the date of birth of Stephanie Kwolek, the US chemist who discovered the widely used polymer Kevlar. She also developed the nylon rope trick, in which nylon can be produced in a beaker at room temperature – a demonstration which is still used in classrooms today. In addition to this she is the to date the only woman to have been awarded DuPont’s Lavoisier Medal for outstanding contributions.

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2803, 2017
  • The New Pound Coin Composition

What’s the new 12-sided £1 coin made of?

By |March 28th, 2017|

Today the new £1 coin is released in the UK. I threw a quick graphic together to take a look at what’s known about its composition and why it’s being introduced. 

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