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Apr 16

The chemistry of William Gibson’s Neuromancer.


Note: minor edits made due to incorrect usage of “amphetamine” to refer to crystal meth. This was a typographical error and some explanation has been added to that paragraph for clarity’s sake. My apologies. -N I recently purchased a new hard copy of William Gibson’s first novel (and sci-fi classic), Neuromancer. I make no secrets …

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Feb 22

Chemistry comes to Minecraft


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Tweet Follow @mark_lorch There has been a spot of role reversal in my house of late. I’ve been at the Minecraft again and my kids are complaining. A while back Microsoft asked me and Joel Mills to work on the latest update of their amazingly popular game. And that update now includes a whole load of chemistry …

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Nov 24

Does stainless steel really get rid of garlic smells? Round 2.


Follow @mark_lorch Follow @yorkshirechem Some time ago we put the old wives’ tale that stainless steel gets rid of garlic whiffs to the test. The results were inconclusive and with hindsight the control probably wasn’t ideal. So we are having another go, this time with the backing of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a consortium of chemistry …

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Jul 12

Professor Anthony Russell Clarke  1959 – 2016


Anyone who has completed a doctoral thesis will testify to the almost parental like relationship a PhD supervisor has with their students. And so it is with great sadness that I heard my PhD supervisor Professor Anthony Russell Clarke, aged just 57, had passed away this week. To his friends, students and colleagues Tony Clarke …

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Jul 08

A Flash of Light: a popular science book written in a weekend.


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents Last autumn Andy Miah an I hatched a crack pot plan to write a popular science book in a weekend. With the help of authors Chris Arridge, Wendy Sadler, Giuliana Mazzoni, Benjamin Burke, Juliette McGregor, Charlotte Stephenson, Kevin Pimbblet and Akshat Rathi along with illustrators Ian Morris, Heather Holst and Liz Bryan, …

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Jun 11

The Periodic Table of Element Eytmologies


Tweet Follow @Sci_ents The seventh row of the periodic table is complete, resplendent with four new names for the elements 113, 115, 117 and 118. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (the organisation charged with naming the elements) has suggested these should be called nihonium (Nh); moscovium (Mc); tennessine (Ts) and oganesson (Og) …

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