chemistry in context

  • Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushrooms - the basic ingredient of ancient ritual drinks
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    The drink of the Gods

    1 March 2010

    The psychedelic effects of fly agaric mushrooms

  • Fuchsine - named after the blue-red fuchsia
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    The battle for magenta

    1 January 2010

    Three years after the discovery of mauveine in 1856 by William Henry Perkin, the second commercially synthetic dye, magenta, was in production

  • Crystal clear view of St Pancras, home to Eurostar
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    New challenges for photocatalysts

    1 January 2010

    Titania catalysts are being used to keep hospital surfaces clean and to produce hydrogen in solar cells

  • Michael Jackson's star on the walk of fame
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    Is propofol a killer?

    1 January 2010

    Few people will not have been touched by the tragic death of musician and pop icon Michael Jackson last summer. The cause of his untimely death has been linked to the drug propofol. What is propofol and is it lethal?

  • Part of a coral reef
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    Ocean Acidification

    1 November 2009

    Recent evidence suggests that ocean removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is having serious consequences for marine life

  • A pile of fish
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    Phosphorus - food for thought

    1 November 2009

    Can phosphorus-rich foods, such as fish, improve our intellect?

  • Joseph Lister
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    Solving an infectious problem

    1 September 2009

    Joseph Lister's use of phenol as an antiseptic revolutionised surgical practice in the 19th century. But was he the first to use this antiseptic technique?

  • Figure 1 - Generation and collapse of an acoustic cavitation bubble
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    Sonochemistry - beyond synthesis

    1 September 2009

    Sonochemistry, the use of sound energy to induce physical or chemical changes within a medium, has a growing number of applications in fields such as medicine and nanotechnology

  • Silk moth, Bombyx mori
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    In pursuit of Bombykol

    1 September 2009

    In 1959 Aldoph Butenandt identified and synthesised the first pheromone, bombykol. Since then scientists have discovered how male silkworm moths receive this chemical message

  • 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