• Snowdrops and Galantamine

What links snowdrops, Alzheimer’s disease, and chemical warfare?

By |February 8th, 2018|

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Snowdrops and chemical warfare aren’t two things you’d expect to mention in the same sentence. However, there’s a surprising link between the two thanks to a compound found in these winter flowers. This graphic looks at this compound and how it helps treat both Alzheimer’s disease and nerve agent poisoning.

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  • 002 ChemMonthly January 2018

#ChemMonthly January 2018: Redefining the mole, 3D-printed reactors, and a nicotine-halting enzyme

By |February 1st, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a proposed new definition for the mole, an enzyme which can halt the psychoactive effects of nicotine, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.

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  • The Chemistry of Laundry Pods

The chemistry behind why you shouldn’t eat laundry pods

By |January 25th, 2018|

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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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  • 01-23 - Gertrude Elion's Birthday

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

By |January 23rd, 2018|

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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  • Susan Solomon

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

By |January 19th, 2018|

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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  • Puffer fish & Tetrodotoxin poisoning

Fugu and tetrodotoxin: how the pufferfish can kill

By |January 17th, 2018|

 

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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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