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Chemistry in the News

The chemistry behind why you shouldn’t eat laundry pods

Laundry pods have featured in the news this week after cases of people eating them in what’s being referred to as the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’. In case you didn’t already realise that this is a pretty terrible idea, this graphic looks at the chemical reasons why you really don’t want them anywhere near your mouth.

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Chemistry History Medicinal Chemistry

Today in Chemistry History: Gertrude B Elion and drug discovery firsts

Today, 23 January, marks the birthday of Gertrude B Elion, a chemist who jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work on drug treatments and the discovery of several drugs used to treat a variety of diseases. This graphic takes a look at some of the key medicines she discovered.

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Atmospheric Chemistry Chemistry History

Today in Chemistry History: Susan Solomon, ozone depletion, and CFCs

Susan Solomon’s work led to confirmation that chlorine-containing compounds can deplete ozone. In particular, she explained why this depletion was focused over the poles. This graphic looks at how ozone depletion happens. Below, we’ll look in more detail at Solomon’s contributions.

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Chemistry in the News Poison Chemistry

Fugu and tetrodotoxin: how the pufferfish can kill

  Pufferfish: kind of cute, right? Also kind of poisonous. They hit the news this week after a Japanese supermarket accidentally sold five packages of fugu (as it’s known in Japan) without removing the highly poisonous livers. This post looks at what makes them so poisonous.

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C&EN Chemistry in the News Environmental Chemistry

Wildfires: causes, combustion products, and health risks – in C&EN

Even in the depths of winter, wildfires have been raging in some U.S. states. There were over 66,000 wildfires across the U.S. last year, and this month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN magazine takes a look at the products of these large-scale combustion reactions, as well as the effects that these products can have […]

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Biochemistry Biology

National Blood Donor Month: Blood type compatibilities

January is National Blood Donor Month. If you’ve ever donated blood (or received blood from a donation) then you might have wondered why some types of blood can’t be given to some people. And what is it that makes blood types different anyway? This graphic looks at the compatibilities of different blood types, and below […]