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A brief history of anaesthetics and how they work – in C&EN

Surgery has become a lot more comfortable since the first demonstrations of ether anaesthesia in the 1840s. In October’s edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News, we looked at the different types of anaesthesia, the compounds involved, and what we know about how they work. Click through to the C&EN site to view […]


#ChemVsCOVID: How lateral flow tests for COVID-19 work

On this day a year ago, the UK started its piloting of mass testing in the city of Liverpool using lateral flow tests. The latest graphic in the #ChemVsCOVID series with the Royal Society of Chemistry looks at how these tests work, and how accurate are they compared to the standard PCR tests that are […]

C&EN Materials Chemistry

What is Play-Doh made of? – in C&EN

Children have been playing with Play-Doh for 65 years. Hasbro closely guards the exact ingredients of commercial Play-Doh, but in the September edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News we looked at the key chemical components that make the material act the way it does. See the full graphic on the C&EN site.

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#ChemVsCOVID: How nucleoside analogue antivirals combat COVID

One year ago, in October 2020, the US FDA approved remdesivir: the first antiviral drug approved for COVID-19. While it’s not as effective as was first thought, similar drugs look like they could be more successful. The latest graphic in the #ChemVsCOVID series with the Royal Society of Chemistry examines how they work.

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The 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Using organic molecules as effective and environmentally friendly catalysts

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Benjamin List and David MacMillan “for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis”.

Nobel Prizes

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The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann “for the physical modelling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming”, and to Giorgio Parisi “for the discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from atomic to planetary scales.”