• C&EN – Platinum drugs for cancer preview

40 years of platinum drugs for cancer – in C&EN

September 17th, 2018|

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2018 marks 40 years since the FDA first approved cisplatin, a platinum-containing drug to treat cancer. This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at how it works and some of the other platinum-containing drugs that followed. Click through to see the full version of the graphic on the C&EN site. […]

  • 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?


  • 009 ChemMonthly August 2018

#ChemMonthly August 2018: Hearing proteins, an organic solar cell record, and a planet with a titanium and iron atmosphere

September 3rd, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on the identification of proteins that help us hear, an exoplanet with an atmosphere of titanium and iron, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories. […]

  • C&EN – Diving preview

Why are different gas mixes used for scuba diving? – in C&EN

August 27th, 2018|

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To breathe underwater, divers need an air supply. But this air doesn’t always have the same composition as that we breathe above water. This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at the reasons why. Click through to the C&EN site to view the full graphic. […]

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The chemistry of aubergine (eggplant) colour, bitterness and browning

August 22nd, 2018|

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The aubergine (or eggplant) is a fascinating fruit. And yes, you read that correctly – the aubergine is technically a fruit, not a vegetable. If you’ve ever wondered why they soak up oil like a sponge, and rapidly brown when cut, read on!


  • Chemical Concerns – Asbestos

Chemical concerns: the dangers of asbestos

August 14th, 2018|

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Asbestos has been in the news recently, along with the health concerns surrounding it. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S. has proposed a framework that opens the door to new uses of asbestos. With many other countries already banning all types of asbestos, what are the risks, and is there cause for concern?