chemistry in context

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • dna main
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    Chemistry, medicine and genetic analysis

    1 March 2006

    In the near future, doctors will be able to carry out a 'while you wait' test, using genetic analysis, for chlamydia, the silent disease that can lead to infertility in women.

  • 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.

  • Acid mine drainage in spain
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    Acid mine drainage - a legacy of an industrial past

    1 March 2006

    The environmental damage caused by acid mine drainage (AMD) is a worldwide and growing problem in those countries that once, or are still, extracting coal and/or metals. What is AMD, what effect does it have on the environment, and what can be done about

  • GM-250
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    GM foods - addressing public concerns

    1 January 2006

    Genetically modified (GM) foods continue to generate media attention and concern among the public. How can analytical chemists help consumers make informed choices

  • Figure 1 - the sea-water battery
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    Rough science and homemade batteries

    1 January 2006

    Investigations involving simple batteries made from items found in the home or school laboratory can help KS3 pupils understand the origin of current, voltage and power, and the chemistry that drives batteries.

  • Snowmobiles - an application for self-healing polymers
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    The chemistry of self-healing polymers

    1 September 2005

    A familiar example of a system with self-healing ability is the human body. But could an analogous strategy be used for the self-repair of polymeric composites?

  • Nagyvary Box image
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    Investigating the secrets of the Stradivarius

    1 July 2005

    For the past 200 years violin makers around the world have sought to produce violins that would rival those of Stradivari and Guarneri made during 1700-50.