Tasty science

‘Chemistry, it’s basically cooking isn’t it?’ A question I’ve heard a few times in my life, but I’d like to think that my experiments in the kitchen produce better smells than the average organic lab. With that in mind, I thought I’d investigate how chemistry can help us cook our traditional Christmas fare.

Christmas dinner for me has always involved some sort of poultry, from the old school goose to that modern usurper the turkey. So, what’s the chemistry going on with a roast turkey? (more…)

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A couple of things have caught my eye this year and made me think, ‘wow, that’s really cool! If only I had enough spare cash…’ (well, a guy can dream can’t he?). So that’s inspired me to spread the word – some of you may be in the enviable position of being able to afford such extravagances, but the rest of us can just sit and drool, hoping that Santa feels generous this year…

Your DNA as art

Blue Azur (C) DNA Art

Got a big space on your wall and a spare 300 quid or so? Fed up of that fading Madonna and child/Velvet Elvis? Then DNA Art could be for you.

Simply send this  UK based company a sample of your DNA using the special kit they provide. They’ll then digest it and visualise it using gel electrophoresis, which separates the chewed up fragments of DNA by size.

Mars attack rainbow mix (C) DNA Art

Depending on your individual DNA sequence, you’ll have a different distribution of fragment sizes, which gives your own individual pattern – this is similar to the DNA profiling technique used by the police. They will then turn it into a stunning piece of unique graphical artwork – as unique as your DNA.

You can choose from a variety of sizes colour schemes and materials (depending on your budget and taste) from refined shades of blue, to the psychedelic ‘Mars attack rainbow mix’

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In our next Christmas themed post, Anna gets all creative…

Before I start, a disclaimer: I’m one of those ‘make and do’ people, the ones that hoard empty containers and bits of tat ‘just in case I can make something with it,’ and would probably rather be baking cakes than eating them. Which may go some way to explaining the items I’ve chosen to pack into the Chemistry World Christmas Stocking* today.

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The Chemistry World team has some fun with a few posts looking at chemistry-themed presents that could fill your stockings this year. Look out for more in the coming weeks…

I thought there might be some interesting chemistry involved in Moon Dough, set to be the one of the toy industry’s biggest sellers this Christmas. According to the manufacturer, it’s a ‘magical molding dough’ that never dries out. (more…)

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Welcome to the last day of Chemistry World’s countdown to Christmas, where each day we have been unveiling the main elements in a well known Christmas item.

With 2 days to go, we’re looking at the contents of the Christmas stockings that will be hung up over fireplaces and placed at the end of beds around the globe tomorrow night in anticipation of Santa’s visit.

Good boys and girls will awake on Christmas morning the find goodies such as gold coins made of chocolate, the naughtier of us may just find stockings filled with coal. What type of filling are you expecting this year?

To learn more (non-Christmassy) facts about gold and carbon listen to our Chemistry in its element podcasts:

au2

Gold



c2

Carbon


Nina Notman

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