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Particulate plastics in soils

By Nanthi Bolan and Lauren Bradney

A major source of particulate plastics in natural environments is wastewater discharge into aquatic ecosystems. Less well considered is particulate plastic input to soils during application of biowastes.

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Simulating drug transport in cells

By Jess Fagan

Megan O’Mara is an associate professor with the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University. Her work is focused on computer modelling of cells within the body and how they function in health and disease. These computer simulations are important for understanding how the human body works and crucial for aiding the development of drugs and chemotherapy. Associate Professor O’Mara has answered some of our questions to give us a better understanding about what computational chemistry is and how it can help people.

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A visit to Russia

By Ian D. Rae

In 1992, I attended a conference in Uppsala, Sweden, visited our children, both of whom were studying in England, and came home via Moscow to...

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Amber, not orange, wine

By Geoffrey R. Scollary

At a recent tasting class that I presented on natural, organic and biodynamic wines, I was asked if a follow-up class could be arranged on orange...

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Lightening the load on energy

By Paul Moritz

I remember that as a first-year physics student in 1977 I completed an essay assignment on the hydrogen economy. I don’t remember how this fitted...

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Beyond chemistry: Prions

By Alan J. Jones

Most people trained in the sciences have a thirst for new knowledge – call it ‘fundamental curiosity’. My own background led me in many...

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Antimony

By Rebekah Duffin

Storytelling brings people closer together. Conceived by the RACI in recognition of the International Year of the Periodic Table, Stories from the Periodic Table collects, publishes and celebrates the personal connections we have to the periodic table and its elements. We’ll share some of the best stories over the next few issues.

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I married a molecule from outer space

By Michael P. Henry

Storytelling brings people closer together. Conceived by the RACI in recognition of the International Year of the Periodic Table, Stories from the Periodic Table collects, publishes and celebrates the personal connections we have to the periodic table and its elements. We’ll share some of the best stories over the next few issues.

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