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#ChemMonthly September 2018: Hydrogen from plastic waste, the cleaning potential of saliva, and glyphosate’s effect on honeybees

October 7th, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a process to convert plastic waste into hydrogen, the cleaning potential of saliva, a polymer coating that can cool down building surfaces, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.


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The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Harnessing evolution to produce new enzymes and antibodies

October 3rd, 2018|

Today saw the last of the 2018 Science Nobel Prizes awarded, and it was finally the turn of chemistry. The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded with one half to Frances H Arnold for her work on the directed evolution of enzymes, and with the other half jointly to George P Smith and Sir […]

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The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics: The creation of tools made from laser light

October 2nd, 2018|

After the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded yesterday, today was the turn of Physics. The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Morou and Donna Strickland for their groundbreaking innovations in the field of laser physics. Strickland is only the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics […]

  • 2018 Nobel Prize Physiology-Medicine

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine: Unleashing our immune systems against cancer

October 1st, 2018|

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Today saw the first of the 2018 Nobel Prizes awarded. The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their discovery of cancer therapy by stimulating the immune system to attack tumour cells. This graphic takes a look at the prize-winning research.


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International Coffee Day: Arabica vs robusta

September 30th, 2018|

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October 1 marks International Coffee Day. We’ve looked at various aspects of coffee chemistry on the site previously, but haven’t yet looked at the key divide between coffee beans: arabica and robusta. This graphic looks at the two types of coffee beans and some of their chemical differences.


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How is decaffeinated coffee made? The chemistry of coffee decaffeination

September 26th, 2018|

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Caffeine is a stimulant, and the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Many of us need our morning coffee to be functional, but others prefer to avoid caffeine due to its effects on sleep, restlessness, or pregnancy. Handily, chemists have come up with several ways for us to enjoy coffee without the caffeine. Here, we take a look at the different methods!