807, 2016

Jupiter & Juno – What Do We Already Know About Jupiter’s Chemistry?

July 8th, 2016|

You probably already know that the beginning of this week heralded the arrival of NASA’s Juno probe at Jupiter, where it will be carrying out a range of observations on our solar system’s largest planet. It might also confirm some suspicions we have about Jupiter’s chemistry. So what do we already know about Jupiter from a chemical perspective?


806, 2016

Proposed New Element Names Announced!

June 8th, 2016|

IUPAC have announced the proposed names for the new elements in the periodic table, whose discoveries were confirmed at the turn of the year. There’s more on the origin of these names from Chemistry World here.

205, 2016
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Sir Harry Kroto & Buckminsterfullerene

May 2nd, 2016|

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Over the weekend, the news of Sir Harry Kroto’s passing filtered slowly through the internet. Perhaps the best summary of his life and achievements was already written by Kroto himself, so here we take a brief look at his most acclaimed discovery: that of the amusingly named form of carbon, buckminsterfullerene.


2501, 2016
  • Flint Water Crisis

Lead in the Water – The Flint Water Crisis

January 25th, 2016|

You’ve likely heard of the terrible water crisis currently afflicting the city of Flint, Michigan, in the United States. The city’s water supply contains very high levels of lead, which is well-known to cause serious health issues. This lead is coming from the pipes that bring water to the city from the Flint River, but how is it getting into the water that the residents are drinking? Here’s a few quick explanations to some of the chemistry-related questions surrounding the story.


601, 2016
  • The Periodic Table's 4 New Elements Update 2016

The Periodic Table’s Four New Elements

January 6th, 2016|

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If you take even the slightest interest in chemistry news, you’ll probably already have heard about the official confirmation of the discovery of four new elements, which even achieved widespread coverage in mainstream news outlets. IUPAC (the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) sneaked out the news just before New Year’s Eve without much prior warning, and without a great deal of fanfare, though some had already predicted that an announcement of the sort was imminent. So what do we actually know about these new elements?