The Elements Song 2019

2019-12-10T10:38:00+00:00By Chemistry World, ,

For the international year of the periodic table, we’ve worked with Helen Arney and the Waterbeach Brass Band to update Tom Lehrer’s Elements Song

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Chemicals industry roundup 2019

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Focus turns to sustainability amid rising economic pressures and political uncertainty

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The chemistry of a curry


Can chemistry help Nina Notman make a better curry?

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Giant periodic table four times larger than previous record holder


Enormous 660m2 periodic table adorns Australian university’s new science building

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Pharmaceuticals roundup 2019


Under the shadow of political turmoil and major lawsuits, the industry returned to its strengths – making new drugs, and finding new ways to do it better

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Dispute over pensions and pay leads to strikes at 60 UK universities


Lecturers and support staff have been on strike for eight days and further action may be on the way

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Co-authoring with someone outstanding in their field increases the chance that a young scientist will become a leader too

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Chemical weapons watchdog to add Novichok agents to list of closely controlled substances


Move marks first time any class of chemical has been prohibited since the Chemical Weapons Convention came into force over two decades ago

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Sanctions imposed by research agency on Duke University lifted


University has met all commitments in plan agreed with National Institutes of Health

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Large, high-quality perovskite films for solar cells created at record speed


High speed deposition of perovskite films paves the way to commercialisation of promising solar technology

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Freezer magnets improve avocado puree properties


Avocado anxiety could be over as magnetic field helps puree stay fresh

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Intense sound fields make mercury react with water


After nearly a century, scientists can explain why a grey cloud forms when mercury and water are sonicated

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Mystery of why magic mushrooms go blue solved


Chemists reveal colourful indigo-like polymers that turn psychotropic mushrooms blue when cut

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Ring of pure carbon takes on negative charge


Scientists use simulations to reveal the properties of the newest carbon allotrope

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