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How science lost one of its greatest minds in the trenches of Gallipoli

Tweet Follow @Sci_ents August 10, 1915. The Gallipoli sun beats down on the back of a Turkish sharpshooter. He is patient and used to the discomfort. He wipes the sweat from his eyes and peers back down the sight of his rifle, sweeping back and forth across the enemy lines. He’s hoping to spot a … Continue reading »

Making Sexy Catalytic Converters in Power Point

Today, I’ll be moving away from explaining how to use Powerpoint to make sexy molecules and show how it can be used to make compelling science graphics too. In next week’s issue of Chemical & Engineering News I highlight some recent advances in catalytic converter technology. I did not know much about catalytic converter chemistry … Continue reading »

Making Sexy Molecules in Powerpoint

Making sexy molecules is a great way to make your science shine. Sometimes you just need that extra umph for your grant or presentation. There are a lot of drawing programs out there so which one should a chemist use? I suggest PowerPoint. All chemists have it installed in their computers, and it only takes … Continue reading »

6 ways to tackle #chemperceptions

Tweet Follow @Sci_ents Tweet #Chemperceptrions The overwhelming message to come out of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s study into the UK public’s perceptions of chemistry is that people just don’t know what it is chemists do. So in case you are stuck for ideas on how to spread the message here’s my top 6 ways to tackle #chemperceptions … Continue reading »

Spread the world about chemistry & don’t fret the chemophobia

Tweet Follow @Sci_ents Tweet #Chemperceptrions  At times chemists can feel rather maligned. But according to the RSC’s study of the UK public’s perceptions of chemistry we shouldn’t be quite so worried about what people think of us.  We do however need to get out there and let people know what we do. The other sciences seem to … Continue reading »

There’s something interesting brewing…

There’s something interesting brewing over at the Royal Society of Chemistry. They’ve been beavering away trying to figure out what the (UK) public thinks for chemistry, chemicals and chemists. Results are out on Monday 1st June via a live-stream. Be sure to tune in and join in the conversation on twitter with the #Chemperceptions hashtag. And … Continue reading »

My Extra Credit Assignment: Turn a General Chemistry Topic into a Science Museum Exhibit

When traveling, I always make a point to explore local science museums. I look for engaging exhibits that explain scientific concepts in informative and fun ways. One such exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota asks participants to create carbon nanotubes using foam connectors. A few friends and I used our advanced degrees to produce … Continue reading »

A tale of a tired lecture course. Flip it.

Tweet Follow @Sci_ents It dawned on me that no one cared. The proteins that I found so fascinating just didn’t seem to intrigue them as much as they did me. I thought the video of water molecules flipping as they passed through the channel of aquaporin was marvellous. But it hardly gleaned a reaction from … Continue reading »

Campaign for Clear Code starts here!

Tweet Follow @Sci_ents I’m concerned about the software that’s installed on my electronic devices. You should be worried as well. Have you really considered what you are opening yourself up to every time you download a new app or install an upgrade? Have you thought about what all those faceless software giants are doing with the … Continue reading »

What has Chemistry got to say?

The XKCD comics have been keeping me entertained and informed for years. But sadly, in the latest comic, Chemistry seems rather quiet. So how about some suggestions for the next panel, where Chemistry finds a voice? Tweet Follow @Sci_ents  

Reagent pencils, turning chemistry into child’s play

Tweet Follow @Sci_ents If you’ve ever sat opposite a doctor and wondered what she was scribbling on her notepad, the answer may soon not only be medical notes on your condition, but real-time chemical preparations for an instant diagnostic test. Thanks to the work of a team of researchers from California Polytechnic State University, recently … Continue reading »

The Food Babe quiz. Can you tell Vani Hari quotes from other irrational nonsense?

Tweet Follow @Sci_ents By now I’m sure you’ve all seen the ravings of Vani Hari a.k.a. Food Babe. Her one women campaign to spread fear through nonsense has netted her (in)fame, fortune and influence. Not to mention a pretty strong back lash from the rational side of the internet. So to test if you’ve been paying … Continue reading »

It’s time science reclaimed health food from the quacks

Tweet Follow @Sci_ents I’m not quite sure what came over me, I’d set out in search of a beer and a burger. But somehow ended up in a juice bar wolfing down falafel, quaffing a cucumber, celery, ginger smoothie and sprinkling sweet potato chips with some strange pink salt. And it was good. Really, really … Continue reading »

A letter from a chemist to homeopaths

Tweet Dear Homeopaths, Homeopathy awareness week is here again. And I’ve got some questions about this most popular of alternative therapies. The answers to which I’d very much like to be aware of. Homeopath, as I understand it (please correct me if I’m wrong), is based on a idea that ‘like cures like’. So if your … Continue reading »

The Disney Periodic Table: Clever Hook or Abomination?

We’ve all seen the plethora of faux periodic tables. I’ve ranted written about them before. And now Disney (not content with trying to taking ownership of every  story ever) has chipped in with its own version of the periodic table. At least it resembles the original, all the symbols are their, numbered correctly and laid out … Continue reading »

Sharing Science: Distilling Publications Into 5 Minute Videos

Aiming to make our research more accessible, the Hanson research group will post five minute videos recapping each of our papers after they are published. This probably sounds like a very time consuming undertaking, but our group is very lucky to have access to GEOSET studio, a creation of our local Nobelist Harry Kroto. Harry, … Continue reading »

23 Million Times Slower than Molasses

I have the pleasure of teaching general chemistry II for the first time ever this semester. It is fun to go back and revisit concepts that I have not spent time with since taking general chemistry ~13 years ago. Our first few classes will focus on intermolecular forces (dipole-dipole, London Dispersion, etc.) and some of … Continue reading »

New manufacturer of NMR instruments to enter the market

With the exit of Agilent from the NMR instrument market there’s a gap that is in desperate need of filling. Now it looks like a rather unusual group is considering plugging the hole. The company, usual associated with construction but also happens to be the largest manufacture of tyres in the world, is conducting a … Continue reading »

How LCDs work

A little video I put together to explain how liquid crystal displays work, using pasta, stair gates, wool, a hair dryer and some polarizing filters.

How the infamous Yellow Rain investigation has foresaw a drug delivery innovation

By Mark Lorch, University of Hull The history of science is full of episodes when a seemingly ludicrous theory is ridiculed, but then slowly gathers evidence and support to move from the fringes to the heart of the scientific consensus. Examples include Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, the theory of plate tectonics that … Continue reading »

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