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Five questions that (should) keep chemists awake at night

Five questions that (should) keep chemists awake at night

It is often said that chemistry lacks “big questions” like physics and biology. But this is not entirely true. The origin of life is a quintessentially chemical problem, and it’s as big as fundamental questions can get.

November 5, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Chemical and Engineering News celebrates 90 years: How chemistry has come a long way

Chemical and Engineering News celebrates 90 years: How chemistry has come a long way

Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) which is the flagship magazine of the American Chemical Society and the chemical community is celebrating 90 years of its existence this year, and I can only imagine how perplexed and awestruck its editors from 1923 would have been had they witnessed the state of pure and applied chemistry in [...]

September 9, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Why Space Stinks [Video]

Parts of this supposed vast emptiness smell like rotten eggs or gunpowder.

March 4, 2015 — Josh Fischman
Physics envy: The last emotion you ever want to feel

Physics envy: The last emotion you ever want to feel

This is a guest post by my friend Pinkesh Patel, a data scientist at Facebook. Pinkesh has a PhD in physics from Caltech during which he worked on LIGO, the gravitational wave detector.

April 3, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Why Does Cooked Food Taste Good?

A chemical reaction discovered by French chemist Louis Camille Maillard (1878-1936) is responsible for the delicious flavors present in everything from baked bread to steak.Scientific American's Michael Moyer gives us a bite-size explanation.

July 19, 2013
Pinch of Pigment: Cobalt Blue

Pinch of Pigment: Cobalt Blue

Cobalt Blue is a fascinating colour with a much longer history than many pigments in use today. It’s also the only goblin hiding in the Periodic Table.

April 30, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Chemical and Engineering News celebrates 90 years: How chemistry has come a long way

Chemical and Engineering News celebrates 90 years: How chemistry has come a long way

Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) which is the flagship magazine of the American Chemical Society and the chemical community is celebrating 90 years of its existence this year, and I can only imagine how perplexed and awestruck its editors from 1923 would have been had they witnessed the state of pure and applied chemistry in [...]

September 9, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

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