802, 2018
  • Snowdrops and Galantamine

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

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.


1201, 2018
  • Blood Types & Compatibilities

National Blood Donor Month: Blood type compatibilities

January 12th, 2018|

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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 we’ll try to get to the bottom of what makes them different.


1910, 2017
  • The Chemistry of Broccoli

Broccoli colour changes and cancer-fighting compounds

October 19th, 2017|

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Broccoli, like other green vegetables, gets greener when you start cooking it. Why is this, and why does this green colour fade to a grey-green the longer it’s cooked? This graphic looks at the compounds produced when preparing broccoli to find the answer.


1210, 2017
  • C&EN - The Chemistry of Spider Webs Preview

The chemistry of spiderwebs – in C&EN

October 12th, 2017|

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It’s October, which means mating season for a lot of the spiders that lurk in our gardens and around our houses. Like them or loathe them, these arachnids use some fascinating biochemistry to weave their webs – and the material properties of their webs have inspired a variety of attempts to emulate them! Click through to the C&EN site to view the full graphic.


2609, 2017
  • The Chemistry of Poison Frogs

The chemistry of poisonous frogs, and how they avoid poisoning themselves

September 26th, 2017|

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The vibrant colours of poisonous frogs warn of the extremely toxic compounds contained in their skin. The amount of poison in one frog alone is estimated to be enough to kill 20,000 mice – but what are these compounds, where do they come from, and what makes the frogs immune to their effects? This graphic takes a look!


308, 2017
  • Giant Hogweed Skin Burns Chemistry

The chemistry of Giant Hogweed and how it causes skin burns

August 3rd, 2017|

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Brushing past a plant in the undergrowth whilst out walking might sound fairly innocuous. In the case of Giant Hogweed, however, it’s anything but. This plant’s sap can cause burns and blistering after contact, and there’ve been an increasing number of articles warning of the danger it poses over the past few months. Here, we take a look at the chemical compounds behind the sap’s unpleasant effects. […]