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Guest post byHeather CassellIts an inevitability theres a task that should be doing but you cant build up the enthusiasm. Normally mundane jobs can suddenly seem much more interesting to do.A suspiciously tidy lab benchImage by Jean-Pierre from Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire,...
In this first of a series of guest posts,Elizabeth Tasker writes about the how and why of her piece on cosmic chemistry, which was shortlisted in the 2013 Chemistry World science communication competition.There are some stories that beg to be written. When...
Guest post byRowena Fletcher-WoodExcited, Mary Hunt tipped out the produce of her shopping: a large moulded cantaloupe. She had come across the cantaloupe by chance, and the pretty, golden mould had proved irresistible. She had discovered the Penicillium chrysogeum...

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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...