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As for monkshood and wolfsbane, they are the same plant, which also goes by the name of aconite. Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J. K. RowlingIn Harry Potters very first potions lesson he learnt about the magical properties of aconite....
Guest post by Heather CassellSometimes it happens when I’m reading a research paper, sometimes when I’m doing an experiment, analysing data or learning a new technique; or more often when I’m reading Twitter. It’s that moment when you...
Guest post by Rowena Fletcher-WoodScurvy plagued early sailors, and although many treatments were tried and promoted, a simple cure was masked for centuries behind a series of mistakes and misunderstandings. TheThis story begins at sea, long into a voyage after...

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End of Chemistry?If the polymath Charles Babbage was alive, I dont think he would have said this: With completion of the periodic table, though, and with modern understanding of chemical bonds as quantum phenomena caused by the pairing of electrons of opposite...
Its that time of year again next week, the winners of this years round of Nobel prizes are due to be announced. Were certainly getting pretty excited at Chemistry World HQ and, as usual, the predictions have been flying around.For physics, the big question...
It may come from something as mundane as the castor oil plant, but it was used in one of the strangest spy murders in the cold war. Find out about ricinin this week’sChemistry in its element                  ...

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It's almost time for the 2013 Nobel Prizes, which means it's also time for playing that little game which we in the chemosphere have been playing for a while. As a prize predictor my record hasn't been execrable; in the last few years I did get most of the...
It's almost time for the 2013 Nobel Prizes, which means it's also time for playing that little game which we in the chemosphere have been playing for a while. As a prize predictor my record hasn't been execrable; in the last few years I did get most of the...
Chemical health and safety news from the past few weeks:See Arr Oh commented on Rock Star PPE: “To risk sounding prudish, bare chests and chemicals don’t exactly mix.”The University of California, Berkely, chemistry department is giving out...