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210, 2018
  • 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics: The creation of tools made from laser light

October 2nd, 2018|

After the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded yesterday, today was the turn of Physics. The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Morou and Donna Strickland for their groundbreaking innovations in the field of laser physics. Strickland is only the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics […]

110, 2018
  • 2018 Nobel Prize Physiology-Medicine

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine: Unleashing our immune systems against cancer

October 1st, 2018|

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Today saw the first of the 2018 Nobel Prizes awarded. The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their discovery of cancer therapy by stimulating the immune system to attack tumour cells. This graphic takes a look at the prize-winning research.


3009, 2018
  • Coffee chemistry – arabica vs robusta

International Coffee Day: Arabica vs robusta

September 30th, 2018|

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October 1 marks International Coffee Day. We’ve looked at various aspects of coffee chemistry on the site previously, but haven’t yet looked at the key divide between coffee beans: arabica and robusta. This graphic looks at the two types of coffee beans and some of their chemical differences.


2609, 2018
  • How is coffee decaffeinated_

How is decaffeinated coffee made? The chemistry of coffee decaffeination

September 26th, 2018|

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Caffeine is a stimulant, and the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Many of us need our morning coffee to be functional, but others prefer to avoid caffeine due to its effects on sleep, restlessness, or pregnancy. Handily, chemists have come up with several ways for us to enjoy coffee without the caffeine. Here, we take a look at the different methods!


1709, 2018
  • C&EN – Platinum drugs for cancer preview

40 years of platinum drugs for cancer – in C&EN

September 17th, 2018|

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2018 marks 40 years since the FDA first approved cisplatin, a platinum-containing drug to treat cancer. This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at how it works and some of the other platinum-containing drugs that followed. Click through to see the full version of the graphic on the C&EN site. […]

1209, 2018
  • Wedding ring metals

What are wedding rings made of, and how do their properties vary?

September 12th, 2018|

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I’m currently at that age where my Facebook news feed is an endless stream of either wedding or baby photos. Most recently, one of my best friends was shopping for wedding rings in advance of their marriage next year, which got me thinking about different wedding ring metals. What elements are they composed of, and how does this influence their properties?