“What is Life? How Chemistry Becomes Biology” By Addy Pross: A Book Review

Picture Credit: FreeCliparts  The book revolves around the differences between animate and inanimate matter, and why organisms are so unique in relation to the environment that they live in. Throughout the book, Pross emphasises our ignorance towards the biological sciences, even going as far as comparing it to humanity’s understanding of physics before the 20th […]

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Brooker’s Merocyanine and Solvatochromism: How a chemical changes colour depending on its solvent

Picture Credit: NileRed (CC BY-SA 4.0) Dissolved in each member of this assortment of vials seen to the right is Brooker’s Merocyanine (or MOED). This prismatic array of solutions arises from very different interactions seen in each vessel between solvent (the liquid) and MOED (the solute). The fascinating property that allows the colour changes is […]

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How is Climate Change Threatening the Four Dimensions of our Global Food Security

Image credit: Hydrosami  (CC BY-SA 4.0)- Description: Dry, cracked earth Food security is one of greatest challenges of the 21st century: by 2050, food production must increase by 70% to meet the demands of 9 billion people. Progress towards this target must occur in a climate with higher temperatures, more variable rainfall patterns and more frequent […]

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