1610, 2018
  • C&EN – Carnivorous plant chemistry preview

The chemistry of Venus flytraps – in C&EN

October 16th, 2018|

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Most plants get nutrients from the soil. But Venus flytraps prey on insects to get what they need. This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at how these carnivorous plants molecularly lure and trap their prey. View the full graphic on the C&EN site.


910, 2018
  • Male and Female Nobel Prize in Chemistry Winners

How many women have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry?

October 9th, 2018|

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Nobel Prize week is now done and dusted for another year. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to scientists who used directed evolution to produce new enzymes and antibodies, including Frances H Arnold. How many other women have won the prize since it started in 1901? This graphic takes a look at all of the winners!


310, 2018
  • 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Harnessing evolution to produce new enzymes and antibodies

October 3rd, 2018|

Today saw the last of the 2018 Science Nobel Prizes awarded, and it was finally the turn of chemistry. The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded with one half to Frances H Arnold for her work on the directed evolution of enzymes, and with the other half jointly to George P Smith and Sir […]

210, 2018
  • 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

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

October 2nd, 2018|

After the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded yesterday, today was the turn of Physics. The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Morou and Donna Strickland for their groundbreaking innovations in the field of laser physics. Strickland is only the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics […]

3009, 2018
  • Coffee chemistry – arabica vs robusta

International Coffee Day: Arabica vs robusta

September 30th, 2018|

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October 1 marks International Coffee Day. We’ve looked at various aspects of coffee chemistry on the site previously, but haven’t yet looked at the key divide between coffee beans: arabica and robusta. This graphic looks at the two types of coffee beans and some of their chemical differences.


2609, 2018
  • How is coffee decaffeinated_

How is decaffeinated coffee made? The chemistry of coffee decaffeination

September 26th, 2018|

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Caffeine is a stimulant, and the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Many of us need our morning coffee to be functional, but others prefer to avoid caffeine due to its effects on sleep, restlessness, or pregnancy. Handily, chemists have come up with several ways for us to enjoy coffee without the caffeine. Here, we take a look at the different methods!