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The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics: Cosmology and discovering new planets

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to with one half to James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology”, and the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.” This graphic takes a look at the prize-winning research.

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Nobel Prizes

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics: The creation of tools made from laser light

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Atmospheric Chemistry

The science of thunderstorms – thunder, lightning, and chemical reactions

Here in the UK, a completely un-British heatwave finally came to a thundery end last weekend. Having already looked at the chemistry behind the smell of rain, here’s a look at some of the science behind thunderstorms. How does lightning happen, what gives it its blue-violet tinge, and what does it have to do with […]

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Nobel Prizes

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics: Detecting gravitational waves from black hole collisions

This year’s second Nobel Prize in the sciences was awarded today. The prize for physics was awarded to researchers who contributed to the observation of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that were originally created by colliding black holes over a billion years ago. 

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Chemunicate Physical Chemistry

The Secrets of the Coke and Mentos Fountain

It’s one of the most popular science demonstrations: Pop a handful of Mentos candies into a bottle of Coke, and a fountain of bubbles rapidly spurts from the open bottle, often over a metre into the air. Originally the explanation for the effect was thought to be quite simple. However, scientists are finding that there’s more […]

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Chemistry History Physical Chemistry

Today in Chemistry History – Ernest Rutherford’s Birthday

Today, 30 August, marks the birthday of Ernest Rutherford. Rutherford is primarily considered a physicist, but his contribution to our understanding of the atom is also important to chemistry. He was also a chemistry Nobel Prize winner, for his work on radioactivity. This graphic looks in detail at one of his most famous experiments, the […]