chemistry in context

  • Electrical discharges from the nerve cells in the brain
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    Epilepsy - beyond bromide

    1 May 2009

    An historical journey into the treatment of epilepsy, starting with potassium bromide 150 years ago

  • A glass of whiskey
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    The public analyst

    1 May 2009

    Analytical chemists ensure everything, from food and drinks, through toys and household chemicals, to air quality and even suspicious powders present no danger to humans

  • rubbish tip
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    Biofuels: the next generation

    1 May 2009

    Chemists look to develop second-generation biofuels made from dead wood, algae and genetically-engineered microorganisms

  • A farmer spraying his crop to protect it from insects
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    Crop protection chemicals

    1 March 2009

    By 2030, the world's population is expected to rise to over eight billion - the need for safe and environmentally friendly crop protection chemical has never been greater

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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

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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

  • 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.

  • 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.