308, 2016
  • Russian Doping Preview

The Chemistry Behind the Russian Doping Scandal – in C&EN

By |August 3rd, 2016|

The run-up to the Rio Olympics has been overshadowed by a number of issues, not least of which is the doping scandal surrounding Russian competitors. This month’s Periodic Graphics in C&EN looks at the alleged chemical cocktail that was used to dope Russian athletes at the 2012 London Games and in the 2014 Sochi Winter […]

2106, 2016
  • The Chemistry of Foxgloves

The Chemistry of Foxgloves – Poison & Medicine

By |June 21st, 2016|

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The vibrancy of foxgloves belies their poisonous nature – ingesting even a small amount of the plant can cause unpleasant effects, and in some cases death. However, the same compounds that make it poisonous can also have medicinal uses. This graphic takes a look at them in detail.


1103, 2016
  • Guide to Disinfectants & Antiseptics

A Brief Summary of Disinfectants & Antiseptics

By |March 11th, 2016|

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Ever wondered what compounds help kitchen cleaners keep your kitchen surfaces bacteria free? Or about the compounds that help antiseptic creams do their job? In this graphic, we take a look at some of the compounds used for antisepsis and disinfection, and where they’re commonly used. There’s also a look at how they all work in the article below!


1601, 2016
  • The Drug Discovery Process

Understanding the Drug Discovery Process

By |January 16th, 2016|

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Drug testing was in the news on Friday – though this time it wasn’t the usual sports doping headlines, but instead news of the clinical trial of a drug gone tragically wrong in France. Of the 90 people given the drug in a phase 1 clinical trial, one has been left with permanent brain damage, and another five are still hospitalised. What is a phase 1 clinical trial? That’s what this graphic aims to explain, as well as outlining the whole drug discovery process.


809, 2015
  • Guide to IV Anaesthetics

A Brief Guide to Intravenous Anaesthetics

By |September 8th, 2015|

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If you’ve ever had to undergo a surgical procedure, be it at the dentists or in a hospital, you’re likely to have encountered some of the molecules featured in today’s graphic. We’re already looked at inhalational anaesthetics in a previous graphic; today, we take a look at chemicals that can be injected in order to produce anaesthesia. […]

2605, 2015
  • Cannabis & Synthetic Cannabinoids

The Chemistry of Cannabis & Synthetic Cannabinoids

By |May 26th, 2015|

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In recent years, there’s been an increase in the number of media reports on users of synthetic cannabinoids. Commonly referred to by names such as ‘Spice’ or ‘K2’, the most recent reported case involved five UK students being hospitalised after use. But what are the chemicals present in ‘spice’ and similar drugs, and what are the chemical compounds in cannabis that they aim to mimic? That’s what this graphic and post attempt to answer.


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