907, 2018

The chemistry of slime – in C&EN

By |July 9th, 2018|

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The slime-making craze is sweeping school and homes worldwide, and shows no signs of stopping. This edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at the ingredients and the science behind slime’s gooey properties. You can view the full graphic on the C&EN site here.

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907, 2018
  • 007 ChemMonthly June 2018

#ChemMonthly June 2018: Carbon dioxide shortage, organic molecules on Mars, and car battery improvements

By |July 9th, 2018|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on the carbon dioxide shortage that’s hit Europe, the discovery of organic molecules on Mars, 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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2606, 2018
  • The colour of alexandrite

The chemistry of colour-changing alexandrite

By |June 26th, 2018|

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Decades of marketing have placed diamonds on a pedestal above other gemstones. They’re an engagement ring tradition and are also found in lots of other jewellery. However, there’s another, coloured gemstone which is arguably superior. Not content with being one colour, it can display a whole range of hues, depending on the light falling on it. The gemstone in question? Alexandrite.

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706, 2018
  • Peonies and peonin

Peonin and the colour of peonies

By |June 7th, 2018|

Peonies bloom fleetingly at the end of spring and start of summer, usually only lasting around 10 days. Inspired by this tweet from Dr Jess Wade, here’s a quick look at the molecule which gives them their colour. There’s more on the pH dependence of anthocyanin colour here.

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206, 2018
  • The chemistry of milk v2

Why is milk white? The chemistry of milk

By |June 2nd, 2018|

 
Yesterday, June 1, was World Milk Day. If you’re only learning this now and you’re disappointed at missing the opportunity to celebrate your love of all things milk, good news: there’s still time to learn about its chemistry! Chemistry can help answer a number of questions about milk, including why it’s white, and why some […]

2305, 2018
  • The chemistry of a dishwasher

The chemistry behind how dishwashers clean

By |May 23rd, 2018|

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Huge piles of washing up can be daunting – but luckily, dishwashers can make light work of it. What’s in the colourful dishwasher tablets that helps them get your dishes sparkling and clean? This graphic takes a look at some of the key components.

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