chemistry in context

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    Printing on plastic

    1 January 2009

    The dye diffusion thermal transfer method is used for printing digital photos on plastics, and for direct printing on PVC cards

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    Investigations get real

    1 January 2009

    What real chemists do can be the basis of motivating investigations and learning in school chemistry

  • German chemist Paul Rabe
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    Jesuits' powder and quinine

    1 January 2009

    The powdered bark of the South American cinchona tree is the source of quinine - the mainstay treatment for malaria for centuries

  • Figure 2 - MRI scan of the human brain
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    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in medicine

    1 November 2008

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an invaluable tool in diagnostic medicine.

  • Henri Becquerel
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    Radioactivity discovered

    1 November 2008

    Centenary celebrations for the founding fathers of radioactivity - Henri Becquerel and Ernest Rutherford.

  • Cartoon of Baron Cagniard de la Tour's experiment
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    Supercritical processing

    1 November 2008

    Chemists at the University of Nottingham use supercritical fluids to process polymers for drug delivery systems and for tissue engineering.

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    Librium and Valium - anxious times

    1 September 2008

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leo Sternbach, discoverer of the anti-anxiety drugs Librium and Valium

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    Deadly things come in small packages

    1 September 2008

    Painstaking work by chemists to characterise deadly alkaloids exuded in the skin of some brightly coloured poison arrow frogs has offered leads for new and useful pharmaceuticals

  • Figure 1 - The crystal structure of the PapA protein bound to the molecular chaperone (yellow)
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    Better than antibiotics?

    1 September 2008

    Chemicals that make bacteria lose their hair could be a new weapon in the fight against infections, and at the same time help to overcome the problem of antibiotic resistance

  • Antimony on the periodic table
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    Antimony revisited

    1 July 2008

    The intriguing chemistry of antimony, one of the earliest elements to be discovered