Tag Archives: molecules

It’s a small world

So I was wandering around the department where I work a few days ago and I happened to stop by a noticeboard, where I found this. Which made me double take. That particular chaotic ensemble of phenols looked strangely familiar … Continue reading

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Mmmm… peppery!

Did you know that there’s a twitter feed called molecule of the day? So now, courtesy of twitter, I get a text message every day containing one randomly selected interesting molecule. This is now one of my new favourite things … Continue reading

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Top 10 Toxic Hydrides

So I wanted to write a post for the Toxic Carnival but found myself not entirely sure what to write about. I mean… I don’t know a huge amount about cool biogenic toxins like tetrodotoxin. Or unicorns, for that matter. … Continue reading

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Quite hexagonal

I’m of the personal opinion that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecules, often known as PAHs, are one of the finest proofs that the Universe is beautiful. Carbon, at the molecular level, organises itself into geometrically perfect hexagons. It doesn’t even need … Continue reading

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Bleach Clouds

An interesting thing happens to you if you study a particular field of astronomy for long enough. Certain things become familiar to you. Catalogue numbers like HD 44179 or IRC+10216° become commonplace, and the strings of numbers and letters which, … Continue reading

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So juicy, sweet

Happiness is a bowl of fresh strawberries. Pretty much everyone loves these iconic little fruit, and with good reason too! Strawberries are closely linked in our brains with feelings of happiness, and there may even be a chemical reason for … Continue reading

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Could life be any sweeter?

Take a look at these four molecules. They’re all fairly similar, right? These are all types of monosaccharide furanose sugar. Sugars which are chemically based on a single pentagon shaped ring. At a glance, you probably can’t see much difference … Continue reading

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The Scent of Knowledge

There’s something exceptionally enchanting about the fragrance of old books. I’ve always loved libraries and used bookshops. There’s just some intangible quality about them which grants them a unique atmosphere, found nowhere else. That atmosphere is compounded by the aroma … Continue reading

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Impossible chemistry?

As The Doctor would say, “The Universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen…” That’s the theory, anyway. The interesting thing about studying, frankly, any kind of science is that you … Continue reading

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A hex upon you!

This is hexazine. And it probably doesn’t really exist. Denoted N6, if it does exist it would be an unstable allotrope* of nitrogen. It’s an analog of benzene, and just like benzene it would be aromatic. If it existed. Computational … Continue reading

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