Today’s topical Christmas chemistry quiz is brought to you by the number eight – in this case the number of women employing an outmoded and romanticised vision of the collection of a dairy product.

On with the show.

What was discovered to have grown slightly this year to 8.2 million square miles in size?

If you’re celebrating Christmas or New Year with champagne, how much carbon dioxide is released from a standard 750ml bottle? 

And now the answers to yesterday’s quiz.

Bartosz Grzybowski’s ‘Chematica’ might scare chemists because it can plan chemical syntheses – could chemists be out of a job? You can read more about Chematica in Philip Ball’s Crucible.

RSC president Lesley Yellowlees made the point that it would take the UK almost fifty years to catch up with the US in the number of women in senior academic positions. Two out of 44 was the number of women fellows elected to the UK’s Royal Society this year.

See y’all tomorrow for more!

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