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Aroma Chemistry Biology

The chemistry of cats: Allergies, catnip and urine

Why are some people allergic to cats? Why does cat pee smell so bad? And why do cats love catnip? This graphic looks at some of the answers!

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Biochemistry Biology C&EN

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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Biology Coronavirus Medicinal Chemistry

How does immunity work? In C&EN

When you recover from an infection, what stops you from catching it again? The latest edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN looks at how our immune system responds to infections like coronavirus, how we can test to see if someone’s had an infection, and how vaccines work to prevent them. View the full graphic on […]

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Biology Chemistry in the News Coronavirus

Four ways to destroy coronavirus

How do you fight something you can’t see? That’s the question when it comes to the coronavirus crisis which currently has many of us holed up at home. Physical distancing is one important answer to preventing the spread of the virus, as avoiding catching it in the first place stops you from spreading it to […]

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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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Biology

The viruses behind colds and flu

We’re taking a detour into biology for today’s graphic, looking at the colds that many of us are suffering from at this time of year. It’s doubly topical considering the coronavirus outbreak in China at the time of writing. This graphic highlights the viruses that cause colds and flu and their different characteristics.