chemistry in context

  • 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

  • Hydrate flame
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    Burning ice in the Arctic

    1 May 2009

    Is methane trapped in ice, deep in the Arctic ocean, a potential clean energy source for the future, or will its release lead to catastrophic climate change?

  • 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

  • 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 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