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Past issue

By David Oldfield

Six years ago, David Oldfield started taking photos of Australian native flowers in UV light, with his wife’s garden as the perfect source of specimens. Guided by websites and the results of a literature review, he produces striking images such as those featured in this issue.

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From Luigi to lithium: the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

By Peter Karuso

Rarely is an element the focus of a Nobel Prize, but in 2019 the third element (lithium) took centre stage. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 was awarded for contributions to the development of the lithium-ion battery. This light and powerful rechargeable battery has revolutionised consumer electronics and laid the foundation of our wireless society.

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From a cat’s whisker

By Ben Selinger
It is surprising how little students learn these days about how things actually work and how they hardly ever see the ‘guts’ of the devices they...

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Sparkling wine foam

By Geoffrey R. Scollary
The appearance of foam when a sparkling wine is poured into a glass is regarded as an important sensory perception feature, especially for...

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Reviews and reflections

By Ian D. Rae
In 1940 the Macmillan company published a Textbook of physical chemistry and a couple of years later a rather cryptic but decidedly unfavourable...

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