• The Chemistry of Nail Polish

The Chemistry of Nail Polish – Polymers, Plasticisers and Pigments

By |April 6th, 2017|

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Painting your nails with nail polish might not seem like a particularly complex chemical process, but there’s much more to it than meets the eye. Polymerisation, thixotropic agents, solvents and thermochromism are all terms you might expect to hear more frequently in a lab than in a nail salon, but they can all crop up in relation to nail polish. In this graphic and article, we take a look at the different chemistry that comes together to colour your nails.

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  • 17-04-03 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – A Tiny Fish’s Opioid Venom, and Isotope Information on Mars Atmosphere Loss

By |April 3rd, 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 opioid-based venom of a small tropical fish, how information on argon’s isotopes provides hints as to the demise of the Martian atmosphere, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • 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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  • Combating Chemoresistance by Targeting DNA Repair

Combating Chemoresistance: Blocking DNA Repair to Fight Cancer

By |March 27th, 2017|

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In 2012, the most recent year for which the information is available, there were 8.2 million cancer-related deaths worldwide. Chemotherapy is a common treatment resort, but it’s by no means a magic bullet, and this is often due to chemoresistance. This latest Chemunicate graphic, made on behalf of Thomas Fleming at the University of Oxford, looks at how understanding this process can help chemists develop new drugs to tackle the problem. 

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  • 17-03-26 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Countering TB Antibiotic Resistance, and Cleaning Water with Fruit Peels

By |March 26th, 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 small molecule can circumvent TB-causing bacteria’s resistance to an antibiotic, how water can be cleaned using a material generated from waste fruit peels, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day – Statistics, Symptoms, and Treatment

By |March 24th, 2017|

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24 March is World Tuberculosis Day. Tuberculosis is curable and preventable – yet 1.8 million people died as a result of it in 2015 alone, meaning it ranks alongside HIV as the world’s most deadly infectious disease. This graphic take a look at the basics of the disease, and how it can be treated.

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