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    Bruce C. Gibb takes a look at the chemistry and biochemistry of intermittent fasting.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Bruce C. Gibb takes a look at the dark side of academia and considers a multitude of sins.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Michelle Francl considers the long-lost art of the reprint card and the debate that once raged about its use and misuse.

    • Michelle Francl
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    Understanding the effects of adding a simple salt to an aqueous solution of a protein is far from simple — and Bruce C. Gibb explains why.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Michelle Francl wonders if there is a risk to making yourself at home in the lab.

    • Michelle Francl
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    M. Pilar Gil and Eli Zysman-Colman look back at the history of two periodic tables that date from the late nineteenth century.

    • M. Pilar Gil
    •  & Eli Zysman-Colman
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    When lightning strikes, Bruce C. Gibb reminds us that not only do sparks fly, but there’s also some chemistry going on too.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Michelle Francl wonders if a molecule can be just a little bit chiral?

    • Michelle Francl
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    Bruce C. Gibb explains why plastic isn’t always fantastic.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Weighing up whether or not to drink heavy water, Michelle Francl plunges into its history.

    • Michelle Francl
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    After a PhD in Canada, a post-graduate career in the USA and fellowships in Japan and Austria, Reuben Hudson discusses how a universal language enables the meaningful pursuit of chemistry across cultures.

    • Reuben Hudson
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    Michelle Francl suggests that we should expand our view of the periodic table to new dimensions.

    • Michelle Francl
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    The elements of the periodic table are more integral to our daily lives now than they have ever been before. Bruce C. Gibb takes a look at the factors used to decide just how critical the supply of any given mineral is.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Bruce Gibb focuses on fatty acids and wonders whether we’ll all be eating cyanobacteria before too long.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Michelle Francl considers how metaphor breathes life into chemistry.

    • Michelle Francl
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    Bruce C. Gibb takes us on a journey through the physical and chemical evolution of planet Earth and suggests that the reverse Hofmeister effect, the phenomenon whereby poorly solvated ions associate in water, could be a powerful driving force towards the first hint of life on the rock we call home.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Michelle Francl dusts off Pauling’s notes on bonding to explore the illusory link between electron promotion and hybridization.

    • Michelle Francl
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    Bruce C. Gibb discusses the biochemistry behind the sensory experiences associated with eating chillies and the lesser-known tingle-inducing ‘sanshools’.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    To appreciate women’s contribution to science, Michelle Francl suggests it’s time to stop talking about the most famous one.

    • Michelle Francl
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    As another semester of organic chemistry comes to a close, Bruce Gibb looks back on what he has learned about learning.

    • Bruce Gibb
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    Michelle Francl muses on fantastic beasts of chemistry and why we try to find them.

    • Michelle Francl
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    We all appreciate how chemical knowledge has advanced over the years, but Bruce C. Gibb reminds us that chemical culture has similarly made great advances.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Bruce C. Gibb takes a look at the complex cocktail of chemical compounds that make up gin.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Michelle Francl reminds us that you don't need to look like Einstein to be a scientist.

    • Michelle Francl
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    Louis Pasteur was a scientific giant of the nineteenth century, but, as Joseph Gal asks, was his most famous contribution to the understanding of chemistry — chirality — influenced more by his artistic talents?

    • Joseph Gal
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    Using a slide rule showed Michelle Francl where chemists' calculations are still stuck in the past.

    • Michelle Francl
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    Tenure is vitally important when it comes to the creation and promotion of knowledge — and Bruce Gibb explains why.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    The chemical universe is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. Bruce Gibb reminds us that it's somewhat messy too, and so we succeed by recognizing the limits of our knowledge.

    • Bruce Gibb
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    Michael Donnay and Michelle Francl want chemists to share the stories behind the work they do, and not be afraid to identify the heroines and heroes — and their epic adventures — that paved the way.

    • Michelle Francl
    •  & Michael Donnay
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    Researchers should spend more time doing science than cataloguing every last detail about how they get it done, argues Bruce Gibb.

    • Bruce Gibb
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    Michelle Francl wonders just how old the water in her tea is.

    • Michelle Francl
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    Although Friedrich Stromeyer is best remembered for writing one of the founding works in plant geography — the forerunner to modern-day biogeography — his contributions to chemistry should not be underestimated, argues Malte C. Ebach.

    • Malte C. Ebach
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    When it comes to water and its unique properties, Bruce Gibb explains that although there is undoubtedly some mystery, there is certainly no magic.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Ksenija Glusac takes us on a journey through some of the most important light-driven reactions upon which nature and chemists rely.

    • Ksenija Glusac
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    Michelle Francl wonders if more chemists should be reading science fiction on the job.

    • Michelle Francl
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    A trio of recent discoveries in physics should be celebrated by everyone, even chemists, argues Bruce Gibb.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    It is easy to overlook just how important temperature is when it comes to chemistry and Michelle Francl wonders if thermometers had a role in turning alchemists into chemists.

    • Michelle Francl
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    A day in the life of an academic, as told by Bruce C. Gibb.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Michelle Francl explores the concepts that could help non-chemists see the world more like those trained in the subject.

    • Michelle Francl
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    Carl Wilhelm Scheele had a hand in the discovery of at least six elements and contributed to the early development of chemistry in numerous other ways. Bruce Gibb looks into Scheele's story and considers why he doesn't get the credit that he deserves.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Bruce C. Gibb is organizing a workshop for two groups of scientists that study a similar topic, but rarely get together. The different perspectives they bring and the unusual set up of the meeting will hopefully lead to new ideas, but, as he suggests, they will also lead to the attendees leaving their comfort zones.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Michelle Francl suggests that chemists should relax and not fret over ambiguous language.

    • Michelle Francl
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    In the second of two essays looking at organic chemistry that can be found in the Solar System, Bruce C. Gibb focuses on the gas and ice giants as well as their satellites — concluding the tour on Saturn's fascinating moon Titan.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    It's time to wake up and smell the chemistry, argues Michelle Francl.

    • Michelle Francl
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    In the first of two essays that offer a chemistry-themed guided tour around the Solar System, Bruce Gibb looks at what sort of organic molecules are out there and just where you can find them.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Bruce Gibb wonders whether our faith in chemistry — and what it can teach us about the Universe beyond our Earthly bounds — will have a role to play in the search for alien life.

    • Bruce C. Gibb
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    Michelle Francl wonders if the harem effect in crystallography is overrated.

    • Michelle Francl