• 17-02-12 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Helium Forms a Compound, and a Hydrogel Vasectomy Alternative

By |February 12th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on helium forming a stable compound at high pressures, how a hydrogel injection could provide a reversible alternative to vasectomy, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • Periodic Tables

National Periodic Table Day – Six Different Periodic Tables!

By |February 7th, 2017|

Today, February 7, is National Periodic Table Day. You could be forgiven for not knowing – it was actually only ‘founded’ in May 2015, so this is only the second time it’s rolled around. February 7 was picked because it marks the date on which John Newlands’ first periodic table of elements was published way back in 1863. By happy coincidence it’s also only a day before the birthday of Dmitri Mendeleev, the scientist most famously associated with the periodic table.

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  • 17-02-05 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Graphene from Soybean Oil, and Microbe-Inspired Sunscreens

By |February 5th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on making graphene with soybean oil and determining its melting point, sunscreens based on molecules produced by microbes, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • 17-01-29 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Lab-made Metallic Hydrogen Claim, and the Cause of Samsung Battery Fires

By |January 29th, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on a claimed production of metallic hydrogen in the lab, Samsung’s explanation for why Galaxy Note 7 batteries caught fire, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • Chemical Concerns – Does Acrylamide Cause Cancer-

Chemical Concerns – Does Acrylamide in Toast & Roast Potatoes Cause Cancer?

By |January 24th, 2017|

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Acrylamide has been in the news this week, with the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) warning that eating overcooked potatoes, crisps, or burnt toast could increase your risk of developing cancer. Does this mean you should be consigning your toaster to the trash and avoiding roast potatoes with your roast dinner? This graphic assesses the realities of the risks.

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  • 17-01-22 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Firefighting Phone Batteries and Light-Triggered On-Demand Pain Relief

By |January 22nd, 2017|

Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features news on a firefighting lithium ion battery, light-triggered on-demand pain relief, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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