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Nobel Prizes

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics: Black holes and the centre of our galaxy

The second of the science Nobel Prizes awarded this year was in Physics. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 was awarded with one half to Roger Penrose, “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity”, and the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez […]

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Biology Nobel Prizes

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine: The discovery of the hepatitis C virus

Today the first of the 2020 Nobel Prizes was awarded. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2020 was awarded jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice “for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus.”

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Chemistry History Organic Chemistry

Today in chemistry history: August Kekulé and the structure of benzene

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of August Kekulé, most famous for his proposed structure for the benzene molecule. This graphic looks at his structure and its limitations and shows how later work improved upon his initial proposal.

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Biochemistry C&EN Food Chemistry

A guide to natural sweeteners – in C&EN

Sugars aren’t the only plant compounds you can use as sweeteners. The latest edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at the molecules in sweeteners from a variety of sources. View the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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Chemistry in the News

What is ammonium nitrate and what happens when it explodes?

Today’s news has been dominated by the terrible explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. The blame for the explosion has been directed at 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate that was being stored in a warehouse in Beirut’s port. What is ammonium nitrate, why can it explode, and what happens when it does? This graphic takes a look.

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Biochemistry Biology C&EN

Rashes and burns: summer plant irritants – in C&EN

When outdoors this summer, watch out for plants that can cause rashes, blisters and more! Learn more about the chemistry behind these reactions in the latest edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News. Click to view the full graphic on the C&EN site.