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National Chemistry Week: The Chemistry of Candy

It’s currently National Chemistry Week in the US (apparently, we only get National Chemistry Week once every two years here in the UK), and the theme for this year is ‘The Sweet Side of Chemistry’. This seemed like as good an opportunity as any to look at some confectionary chemistry! In this graphic, we look at […]

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Raspberries, Weight Loss, & The Galaxy – The Chemistry of Raspberries

Raspberries, like all fruits, contain a complex mix of organic compounds. Unlike many fruits, however, raspberries have the less common distinction of lending their name to the compound that is a major contributor to their aroma – and one of the compounds that contributes to their flavour has also been detected in the centre of our […]

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Chemical Compound Herb & Spice Labels Back on Sale!

Good news! It’s been a while, due the wait on Etsy approving the printers for this second batch, but the chemical compound herb & spice labels are now back on sale right here. Yours for £6.99, plus postage & packaging!  

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Chemical Compounds in Herbs & Spices – Alternate Version

Here’s a second version of the herbs & spices compounds graphic (original version here). If you prefer your compounds represented by their molecular formulae rather than their skeletal formulae, then this one’s for you.

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Why Can Beetroot Turn Urine Red? – The Chemistry of Beetroot

The latest of the food science graphics looks at the chemistry of beetroot. An unusual effect of beetroot is that it can cause ‘beeturia’, or a red colouration to the urine, after ingestion. This is a condition that only affects an estimated 10-14% of the population, so what are the chemical compounds behind it, and […]

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Why Can Coriander Taste Soapy? – The Chemistry of Coriander

I wasn’t aware of this until recently, being a fan of coriander myself, but apparently there are quite a few people for whom coriander (referred to as cilantro in the US) has a rather unpleasant soapy, or even metallic, taste. The cause of this has its roots in the chemical composition of coriander leaves – though, […]