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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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Chemistry in the News Medicinal Chemistry

Coronavirus: How hand sanitisers protect against infections

As coronavirus continues its spread, panic-buying has swept supermarket shelves of hand sanitisers. What’s in these sanitisers and how effective are they in comparison to hand washing? This graphic takes a look.

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Chemistry in the News ChemMonthly Year in Review

The Year in Chemistry: 2019’s biggest chemistry stories

As we draw to the end of 2019 and the International Year of the Periodic Table, this graphic summarises some of the biggest stories in chemistry this year. Highlights included a new form of elemental carbon, concerns over vaping health risks, unexpected stir bar effects on reactions, and more.

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C&EN Chemistry in the News

Suppressing wildfires with chemistry – in C&EN

Wildfires are in the news with increasing frequency – accompanied by pictures of planes dumping large amounts of red powder. The latest edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at what’s in the powder, its safety, and how it helps halt forest fires. See the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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Chemistry in the News Materials Chemistry

Why can leaves cause train delays? The chemistry of leaves on the line

Autumn is here, and for most of us, it’s a time of beauty as the leaves cascade through an array of hues before pirouetting down from the trees. If you have to travel by train, however, you might tire of ‘leaves on the line’ being the supposed cause of train delays. It turns out to […]

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Chemical Warfare Chemistry in the News

What are Novichok agents? What we do (and don’t) know about them

Over the past week, UK news has been dominated by the mysterious poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Today, this culminated in the British government revealing that it is believed a type of Novichok agent was the chemical culprit behind the attempted murder. This graphic takes a look at what we do know […]