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The science of exercise – in C&EN

Many of us are alleviating the boredom of lockdown during COVID-19 by getting out and exercising. How does the body produce the energy it needs, is there any science behind ‘runner’s high’, and what causes the aches and pains afterwards? This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News takes a look. View […]

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Biochemistry Biology C&EN

The elements of fertilizers – in C&EN

Now that Spring is here and we’re all busy social distancing, it’s likely we’ll all be spending more time in the garden. The latest edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN takes a look at what’s in the fertilisers we add to our gardens at this time of year, and how they help plants grow. View […]

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Biochemistry Chemistry in the News

How do the tests for coronavirus work?

At the time of writing, there have been almost a quarter of a million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The number of deaths is approaching 10,000. Across the world, countries are scrambling to increase their testing capacity for the virus — how are these tests carried out and how do they work?

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Biochemistry C&EN

The chemistry of ant venom and pheromones – in C&EN

Ant bites and stings can cause intense pain. Here, we highlight some of the chemical components in ant venom that are responsible and zero in on molecular signals the insects use to communicate. View the full graphic on the Chemical & Engineering News site.

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Biochemistry Cosmetic Chemistry

The chemistry of henna

The Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha started on Sunday evening and runs through until Thursday. As part of the celebrations, some create impressively intricate art on their hands using henna. Here we take a look at the molecules in henna that allow it to be used as a dye, and how this process works.

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Biochemistry Medicinal Chemistry

What’s in an epidural? – Medications for labour and birth

As you might have picked up from previous pregnancy-related posts on the site (here and here), my wife and I have been expecting our first child. During labour and birth, terms like ‘epidural’, ‘gas and air’ and ‘induction of labour’ get thrown around, but what specific drugs do these involve? How do they work? What […]