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#ChemMonthly November 2018: New mole definition, a ‘Chemputer’, and llama flu antibodies

December 7th, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on the confirmation of a definition change for the kilogram and the mole, a ‘chemputer’ which can automate the synthesis of drugs, 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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  • 2018 Chemistry Advent

The 2018 Chemistry Advent Calendar

November 30th, 2018|

December is just about upon us, which means it’s time for another year of the Chemistry advent calendar! After several years of looking at the chemistry behind Christmas festivities, I’ve decided to do something slightly different (but hopefully equally entertaining) this year.

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  • The Mighty Mitochondrion & Respiration

The mighty mitochondrion and respiration

November 27th, 2018|

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We spend a lot of time on this site looking at the chemistry that goes on all around us. However, there are also chemical reactions taking place in every one of your cells. This Chemunicate graphic takes a brief look at mitochondria and the reactions that take place inside them that power our bodies.

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  • C&EN – Lightbulbs preview

How do different light bulbs work? – in C&EN

November 19th, 2018|

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Light bulbs come in different shapes, sizes, and types. How do these different types of bulb work? This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News sheds some light on the materials different bulbs use and compares their attributes. View the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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  • RealTimeChem Week 2018

#RealTimeChem Week 2018 – #Chem4Life

November 12th, 2018|

This week (12-18 November) is #RealTimeChem Week! For the unaware, #RealTimChem is a chemistry community on Twitter that encourages chemists to tweet about their chemistry. As in previous years, I put together the banners to promote this year’s event which has the theme #Chem4Life. As part of it, chemists in the community will be celebrating the chemistry you come across every day – so it’s worth checking out even if you’re not a chemist yourself!

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How do pregnancy tests work?

November 9th, 2018|

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Pregnancy has been in the news over the past month, with a royal baby back in October and the usual smattering of celebrity pregnancies. The inspiration for this post, however, originated a little closer to home; let’s just say that, in around 6 months’ time, my wife and I are going to be entering a fun new world of sleep deprivation! Pregnancy brings up a whole host of science and chemistry questions, the first of which is: how do pregnancy tests work?

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