• 17-03-19 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Fluorescent Frogs, and How Tardigrades Survive Dehydration

By |March 19th, 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 tardigrades are able to survive drying out for decades, the first known fluorescent frog, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • The Chemistry of Guinness Preview

St. Patrick’s Day: The Chemistry of Guinness – in C&EN

By |March 17th, 2017|

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s a throwback to an old edition of Periodic Graphics which looks at the chemistry behind the bubbles and bitterness of Guinness. You can view the full graphic over on the C&EN site.

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  • The Chemistry of Ironing

How Chemistry Can Make Your Ironing Easier

By |March 16th, 2017|

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Ever wondered why your clothes crease after being washed, or why some crease more than others? I collaborated with Professor Mark Lorch from the University of Hull to make this graphic, which takes a look at the answers to these questions! It accompanies a piece by Mark in The Conversation, which is reproduced below.

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  • C&EN Daffodils

The Chemistry of Daffodils – in C&EN

By |March 13th, 2017|

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In the Northern Hemisphere spring is beginning to emerge from winter, heralded by the blooming of bright yellow daffodils. This graphic featured in C&EN a few years back and looks at some interesting chemical facets of this seasonal flower: what causes its smell, its colour, and a surprising link to Alzheimer’s treatments. View the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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  • 17-03-12 This Week in Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Earliest-known Oxygen Discovered, and a Canadian Town’s Water Turns Pink

By |March 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 why a Canadian town’s water turned pink, how a dual drug combination can be used to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and more. As always links to further articles and original research papers are provided below.

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  • Famous Women in Chemistry History

International Women’s Day: Twelve Famous Female Chemists

By |March 7th, 2017|

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March 8 is International Women’s Day. To mark the occasion, here’s a graphic which takes a quick look at a selection of pioneering female chemists! Click the above image to enlarge and learn more about each of the chemists featured, or download the PDF poster below.

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