1209, 2018
  • Wedding ring metals

What are wedding rings made of, and how do their properties vary?

September 12th, 2018|

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I’m currently at that age where my Facebook news feed is an endless stream of either wedding or baby photos. Most recently, one of my best friends was shopping for wedding rings in advance of their marriage next year, which got me thinking about different wedding ring metals. What elements are they composed of, and how does this influence their properties?

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1008, 2018
  • The chemistry of condoms

The chemistry of condom materials – from sheep guts to synthetic rubber

August 10th, 2018|

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Today, we take contraception for granted to a certain extent. It’s easy to forget that, less than 200 years ago, the only condom available was one made from a length of sheep gut that you had to wash and re-use. Today, they’re made from a handful of different materials. This post looks at their recent material history, and some of the other chemistry modern condoms utilise.

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1507, 2018
  • The chemistry of football shirts WC 2018

The chemistry of a football shirt – World Cup 2018 final edition

July 15th, 2018|

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It’s the World Cup final between France and Croatia today! Here’s an updated version of the chemistry of football shirts post, taking a look at the polymeric materials that make up a shirt.

 

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907, 2018

The chemistry of slime – in C&EN

July 9th, 2018|

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The slime-making craze is sweeping school and homes worldwide, and shows no signs of stopping. This edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at the ingredients and the science behind slime’s gooey properties. You can view the full graphic on the C&EN site here.

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2606, 2018
  • The colour of alexandrite

The chemistry of colour-changing alexandrite

June 26th, 2018|

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Decades of marketing have placed diamonds on a pedestal above other gemstones. They’re an engagement ring tradition and are also found in lots of other jewellery. However, there’s another, coloured gemstone which is arguably superior. Not content with being one colour, it can display a whole range of hues, depending on the light falling on it. The gemstone in question? Alexandrite.

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1406, 2018
  • The chemistry of the World Cup

The chemistry of the World Cup

June 14th, 2018|

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The 2018 World Cup kicks off today! Here’s some of the chemistry you can look out for over the next month; polymers make up the ball and the shirts, and chemistry also has a part to play in the vanishing spray that referees will be using during the games. 

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