chemistry in context

  • A London street
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    Dirty air

    1 September 2006

    What constitutes ground-level air pollution and what are the impacts of such pollutants on Man and the environment?

  • Chapattis
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    Chapattis and the English disease

    1 September 2006

    In the early 1700s in England 'nothing was so much feared or talk'd of as Rickets among Children'. We now know that this softening of the bones, is caused by a deficiency of vitamin D.

  • purple material
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    A forgotten anniversary?

    1 September 2006

    Has the significance of William Henry Perkin's synthesis of the purple dye mauveine begun to fade?

  • Amadeo Avogadro
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    Amadeo Avogadro 1776-1856

    1 July 2006

    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of the Italian chemical physicist, Amedeo Avogadro.

  • Bare legs out of doors
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    Biting insects - a challenge for chemists

    1 July 2006

    In many parts of the world biting insects are major disease vectors, being the source of malaria and yellow fever for example, though in the UK they are mainly just a nuisance

  • Chlorpromazine - unlocked the asylum door for many patients
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    Chlorpromazine - unlocks the saylum

    1 May 2006

    The history of pharmaceuticals is enriched by accounts of drugs developed for one therapeutic purpose that found application in another. This is true for chlorpromazine, a treatment for severe mental illness

  • A plaque showing where Bedford college was founded
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    Pioneering women chemists of Bedford College

    1 May 2006

    In the early part of the 20th century, a few institutions seemed to have been havens for women interested in chemistry.

  • Image - Cotton - eating chilli
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    Spicing up Chemistry

    1 May 2006

    Spices have been used in cooking since Roman times, and were believed to be important as antiparasitic agents and as gastrointestinal protectants in the diet

  • Titan and its mysterious atmosphere
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    Titan - a museum of the Earth's atmosphere

    1 May 2006

    Titan, the largest moon of the planet Saturn, has an atmosphere that is predominantly nitrogen with a small amount of carbon present in the form of methane and higher hydrocarbons.

  • Vladimir Vasilevich Markovnikov
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    In the steps of Markovnikov

    1 March 2006

    The addition reactions of HCl and HBr to propene to give either 2-chloropropane or 2-bromopropane are often given as examples of Markovnikov's Rule, but in his original 1870 paper, Markovnikov used HI and not HBr or HCl.