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Chemical Warfare Chemistry in the News

What are Novichok agents? What we do (and don’t) know about them

Over the past week, UK news has been dominated by the mysterious poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Today, this culminated in the British government revealing that it is believed a type of Novichok agent was the chemical culprit behind the attempted murder. This graphic takes a look at what we do know […]

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Miscellaneous Graphics

International Women’s Day: Twelve women in chemistry

8 March is International Women’s Day – to mark the occasion last year, I made this image highlighting twelve famous women in chemistry history. Since then a number of people have pointed out it would be great to have an image for female chemists who are actually alive, too, and so here it is!

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ChemMonthly

#ChemMonthly February 2018: New antibiotics, stealth bunnies, and antidepressant effectiveness

Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a new family of antibiotics, a ‘stealth cloak’ for rabbits, the efficacy of antidepressants, 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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Materials Chemistry Sport Chemistry

What are the 2018 Winter Olympics medals made of?

If you’ve been enjoying the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang over the past few weeks, you might have wondered what the medals the winning athletes receive are made of. As this graphic shows, it’s not quite as simple as gold, silver, and bronze!

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Aroma Chemistry C&EN

How do air fresheners get rid of bad smells? – in C&EN

Some air fresheners just mask bad smells – but others claim to eliminate odours completely. What’s the chemistry behind these claims? The latest edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN takes a look! Click here to view the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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Atmospheric Chemistry Chemistry History

Today in chemistry history: The Kyoto protocol

On this day back in 2005, the world’s first legally-binding climate change agreement came into force. The Kyoto protocol, to which 192 countries are a party, aimed to reduce emissions of six greenhouse gases by 5.2% by 2012, relative to 1990. This graphic gives a brief overview of the agreement and the outcome of its […]