• The Chemistry of Popcorn

What Makes Popcorn Pop? – The Chemistry of Popcorn

By |January 19th, 2017|

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Today (19th January) is apparently National Popcorn Day, so what better time to look at the chemistry behind it? This graphic takes a brief look at some of the compounds that give popcorn its flavour and aroma, as well as what makes it pop!

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  • Carbon Dioxide and Ocean Acidification

Ocean Acidification: “The Other Carbon Dioxide Problem”

By |January 18th, 2017|

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Ocean acidification is often referred to as ‘the other carbon dioxide problem’. We’re all quite rightly concerned about the effects that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels may have on climate, and the potential consequences of climate change are well documented: more frequent instances of extreme weather, and higher global average temperatures to name but two. Ocean acidification gets comparatively less press, and as such is sometimes misunderstood – but its effects could be equally serious.

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  • C&EN Evergreen Trees Preview

How Do Evergreen Trees Stay Green? – In C&EN

By |January 16th, 2017|

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While some trees drop their leaves in autumn, others stay green all year round. How do they accomplish this, and what’s the benefit? This graphic takes a look at some of the chemical tricks these trees utilise. Click here to view the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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  • 17-01-15 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – The Most Tightly-Knotted Structure Ever, and Isotopes Determine the Moon’s Age

By |January 15th, 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 creation of the most tightly-knotted molecular structure known, a sensor that can monitor blood drug concentrations in real time, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • The Chemistry of Bodily Fluid Colours

The Chemistry of the Colours of Bodily Fluids

By |January 12th, 2017|

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A particular bodily fluid featured in the political news earlier this week, which got me thinking about the chemical causes behind the colours of the waste products we expel from our bodies. What makes urine golden, faeces brown, and bile green? The answers to all of these questions have a common chemical link.

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  • C&EN Deicers & Antifreeze Preview

The Chemistry of Deicers and Antifreeze – in C&EN

By |January 9th, 2017|

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Given the current cold spells across Europe, here’s an old but topical graphic I made for C&EN looking at some of the different compounds used as deicers, and the differences between them. Click here to view the full graphic on the C&EN site!

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