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Rosemary, the beneficial chemistry of a garden herb

Posted on 3. May, 2017.

Exposure to the aroma of rosemary essential oil can significantly enhance working memory in children.

This is one the findings of a study presented by Dr Mark Moss and Victoria Earle of Northumbria University at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Brighton.

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RSC President Professor David Phillips receives CBE in Queen's New Year's honours list

Posted on 5. January, 2012.

Commenting on the announcement, Professor Phillips said today: "I am delighted and honoured to accept the CBE for services to chemistry."

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Atomic evidence: the foundations of structural molecular biology

Posted on 19. December, 2011.

David S. Goodsell is an Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA (E-mail: In his research, he develops computational tools to study the basic principles of biomolecular structure and function. He is author of the Molecule of the Month at the Protein Data Bank, which presents the structure and function of a new protein each month. His illustrated books ‘‘The Machinery of Life’’ and ‘‘Our Molecular Nature’’ explore biological molecules and their diverse roles within living cells, and his book ‘‘Bionanotechnology: Lessons from Nature’’ presents the growing connections between biology and nanotechnology.

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Ionic liquids - an overview

Posted on 21. October, 2011.

As well as exhibiting catalytic activity for many chemical reactions, ionic liquids are used as replacements for conventional toxic solvents. They can be used to prevent chemical pollution. In Science Progress 94(3), Professor Harry Jenkins highlights the main characteristics of ionic liquids, presenting them in a form readily assimilated by newcomers to this area of research. An extensive glossary is featured as well as a chronological list which charts the major areas of development.

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The Promiscuous T-cell

Posted on 8. September, 2011.

T-cells are a vital type of white blood cell that scan for cellular abnormalities and infections. They recognise disease-associated antigens via a surface receptor called the T-cell antigen receptor (TCR). If there were a specific TCR for every single antigen, no mammal could possibly contain all the T-cells it needs. This suggests that T-cell recognition must be highly degenerate. Yet highly promiscuous TCRs would appear to be equally impossible: they are bound to recognise self as well as non-self antigens.  In the next issue of Science Progress, mathematical analysis helps to resolve the paradox of the promiscuous TCR.

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Science Progress Assistant Editor Branches Into Children's Literature

Posted on 30. August, 2011.

Chris Rhodes is not only an accomplished commentator on current science as assistant editor on Science Progress but is also branching out into Children’s literature! His book entitled 'Hippy the Happy Hippopotamus' has just been published.

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Posted on 15. August, 2011.

RSC President David Phillips OBE CSci CChem FRSC was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Birmingham in July.

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Ionic Liquids, Green Futures and a Thermochemical Database

Posted on 14. June, 2011.

Ionic liquids offer manifold prospects as solvents for the extraction and processing of materials while avoiding or minimising the handling, inadvertent release and ultimate disposal of more common organic solvents.

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Science Progress Progresses

Posted on 29. March, 2011.

Science Progress introduces its "Progress in Science" section concentrating on subjects of current scientific interest.

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