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Nanotechnology Day & Everyday Uses of Nanotechnology

October 9 is National Nanotechnology Day in the US, as it’s 10/9 in the American date format (and one nanometre is 10–9 metres). This month’s edition of Periodic Graphics in C&EN takes a look at a selection of the nanotechnology that’s already made its way into our everyday lives. more

The Chemistry of Cold Medicines

Having been struck down by a cold over the past few days, I was reminded of this old edition of Periodic Graphics, which looks at the chemistry of cold medicines. I’m definitely grateful for a number of these right now! more

A Brief Guide to Doping in Sports

The Rio Olympics are underway, and after a build-up that’s already been marred by the Russian doping scandal, officials will be on the look-out for athletes trying to gain an edge by using performance-enhancing drugs. What types of drugs will they be looking for, and why might athletes be t ... more

The Chemistry of Cannabis & Synthetic Cannabinoids

In recent years, there’s been an increase in the number of media reports on users of synthetic cannabinoids. Commonly referred to by names such as ‘Spice’ or ‘K2’, the most recent reported case involved five UK students being hospitalised after use. But what are the chemicals present in ‘sp ... more

World Diabetes Day

Here’s a mini-graphic taking a quick look at what diabetes is, and the differences between the three main types. more

Twelve Famous Female Chemists

March 8 is International Women’s Day. To mark the occasion, here’s a graphic which takes a quick look at a selection of pioneering female chemists! more

How Can Xylitol Gum Help Prevent Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay, also commonly referred to as dental caries, is the result of acidic conditions in the mouth, due to bacterial activity. These conditions lead to the outer layers of the teeth slowly being dissolved, which can eventually lead to holes in the teeth (cavities) in serious cases. To ... more

The Chemicals in Cigarette Smoke & Their Effects

That smoking causes cancer is a well known and scientifically proven fact. Everyone knows that nicotine is present in cigarettes, and causes addiction to smoking; however, what’s a little less well known is the range of chemicals contained within cigarette smoke that can lead to carcinogeni ... more

Coke & Diet Coke

Over the past week, you may well have seen a couple of graphics purporting to explain the effect that drinking a can of Coke or Diet Coke has on your body. They’ve been picked up by a range of online news and media sites, and as a result circulated widely. Unfortunately, although some of th ... more

The Chemistry of Blackberry Colour

With blackberry season approaching, here’s a quick graphic looking at blackberry colour chemistry. Posts have been a bit few and far between over the last week or so as I was off at ACS Philadelphia (post on that to come shortly), but the pace will be picking back up again this week! more

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