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The Smelly Chemistry of the Titan Arum ‘Corpse Flower’

Usually, you’d want to stay as far away as possible from a smell described variously as like ‘dead rat’, ‘mouldy bath mat’, or ‘cabbages and death’. However, the residents of Cambridge, UK, have been flocking to the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens over the past two days to sample this unpleasant sounding aroma for themselves. The […]

Medicinal Chemistry

World Tuberculosis Day – Statistics, Symptoms, and Treatment

24 March is World Tuberculosis Day. Tuberculosis is curable and preventable – yet 1.8 million people died as a result of it in 2015 alone, meaning it ranks alongside HIV as the world’s most deadly infectious disease. This graphic take a look at the basics of the disease, and how it can be treated.

Biochemistry C&EN

How Do Evergreen Trees Stay Green? – In C&EN

While some trees drop their leaves in autumn, others stay green all year round. How do they accomplish this, and what’s the benefit? This graphic takes a look at some of the chemical tricks these trees utilise. Click here to view the full graphic on the C&EN site.

Miscellaneous Graphics

World Diabetes Day: Glucose, Insulin, & Diabetes

As it’s World Diabetes Day today, here’s a mini-graphic taking a quick look at what diabetes is, and the differences between the three main types. Though there’s no article to accompany this one, there’s a download of the graphic below, and links to further reading on the topic.


A Simple Guide to Neurotransmitters

Today’s post is an update to this old one on the chemical structures of neurotransmitters. Your thought processes are the results of some pretty complex chemistry, and these compounds are some of the chemical entities involved in it. Below is given a little more detail on each, lifted from the original graphics.

Aroma Chemistry

The Chemistry Behind the Smell of Wet Dogs

If you’re a dog owner, hot weather inevitably leads to wet dogs, particularly if you live near the sea, a river, or basically any other body of water that looks appealing to your canine companion. It’s probably not escaped your notice that dogs tend to smell pretty awful after getting wet. Why is that? Chemistry […]