Nobel Prize 2018 – Chemistry

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Today it is the 3rd of the 4 Nobel awards scheduled for announcement this week – Chemistry. This one is interesting for three reasons. Those who did not win .. but should have. Dmitri Mendeleev created the periodic table, and so was perhaps the ideal candidate for the Nobel prize in Chemistry, but alas he was never granted it. … Read moreNobel Prize 2018 – Chemistry

Two billion year old salt gives us insights into Oxygen

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Roughly about 2.5 billion years ago the atmosphere of our planet dramatically changed – the quantity of oxygen rapidly increased and so we got breathable air. We have some new insights into it now, there is a new study. There exists a layer of salt deposits within a Russian geologic basin that was laid down during … Read moreTwo billion year old salt gives us insights into Oxygen

2017 Nobel Prize – Chemistry

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 to Jacques Dubochet University of Lausanne, Switzerland Joachim Frank Columbia University, New York, USA and Richard Henderson MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution” Like its … Read more2017 Nobel Prize – Chemistry

2016 Nobel Prize – Chemistry – Tiny Machines win

And so today it is on to the third of the big three Nobel Prizes. The announcement of a Nobel award is always a surprise. If you ever hear about a claim that somebody was once nominated for a Nobel prize but did not actually win, then unless it was a nomination that is fifty … Read more2016 Nobel Prize – Chemistry – Tiny Machines win

New Helium discovery is a game changer for planet earth

If you thought that Helium (He) was common, then you would be quite right about that because it is the second most abundant element in the Universe. In fact about 24% of both the Sun and also Jupiter is Helium. However … and this is the real kicker for us … this very abundant and common element is excessively rare … Read moreNew Helium discovery is a game changer for planet earth

Four New Elements

The Periodic Table has been extended and we now have four new elements on it. Here is an illustration of them (via Phil Plate) … The Official Press Release So who gets to pick such things? The answer is that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) does this, and the process involved is … Read moreFour New Elements