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If you have ever doubted your reasons for taking chemistry, here is a list of 10 reasons as to why chemistry is cool, courtesy of edudemic.com. We’re wondering how many of our students have used reason number 10?


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Any chemistry students struggling with their maths? Download this free book from bookboon.com.

“Advanced Maths for Chemists teaches Maths from a “chemical” perspective and is the third of a three part series of texts designed for a first-year university course. It is the Maths required by a Chemist, Chemical Engineer, Chemical Physicist, Molecular Biologist, Biochemist or Biologist. Tutorial questions with fully worked solutions are used and structured on a weekly basis to help the students to self-pace themselves. Coloured molecular structures, graphs and diagrams bring the text alive. Navigation between questions and their solutions is by page numbers for use with your PDF reader.”

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Brian-Cox-in-Wonders-of-t-007The first in a new much-hyped BBC series presented by Professor Brian Cox, Wonders of Life starts by asking, What is life? Cox uses his natural enthusiasm to communicate the complexities of such a question. This programme achieves that rare balancing act of being both entertaining and educational. The layperson and the science undergraduate will find much to applaud in this series.

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Scientists have published the most detailed analysis to date of the human genome. They’ve discovered a far larger chunk of our genetic code is biologically active than previously thought. The researchers hope the findings will lead to a deeper understanding of numerous diseases, which could lead to better treatments. The BBC have provided a link to the 30 open-access papers that outline the researchers’ work. Nature magazine also provides a link to the function and findings of ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements).

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There is an excellent article in a recent copy of the BMJ investigating the link between the sports drinks industry and academia. The article succinctly outlines the meeting of science and creative marketing in what was to become the science of hydration.

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At Molecules in Motion research scientists, teachers, and students alike can explore and gain a rapid and deep understanding of molecular structure and function from interactive, rotatable 3D molecular structures.

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Interesting article from the BBC about the history of children’s chemistry sets.

“The first chemistry sets for children included dangerous substances like uranium dust and sodium cyanide, but all that has changed.

Talk to people of a certain age about chemistry sets and a nostalgic glaze comes over their eyes.

Stories of creating explosions in garden sheds and burning holes in tables are told and childhood is remembered as a mischievous adventure.”

Check out the Radio 4 documentary with Dr Kat Arney on Wednesday 1st Aug at 9pm, or listen to it later on iPlayer. Dr Arney looks at the declining popularity of chemistry sets in recent years and the parallel decline in practical chemistry experiments in the classroom. Has this made chemistry less appealing to pupils as a subject?

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