Hi everyone, and welcome to another edition of the Ci newsletter. There’s a summer theme this fortnight, with graphics looking at the good (strawberries, sunglasses) and the bad (hay fever!) of the current season in the northern hemisphere.
There’s also some great chemistry art and pop-up periodic tables, and the usual round-up of interesting chemistry news and features.
Hay fever meds
Click to view and download graphic on the Ci site
It’s the peak of the grass pollen season here in the UK at the moment, and don’t all of us hay fever sufferers know it. Thankfully, there are medications that provide a modicum of relief from the streaming nose and itchy eyes. This graphic takes a look at the antihistamines, and what’s in eye drops and nasal sprays that help combat allergy symptoms.
I love it when chemistry and art collide, and these drawings by Lucy Walker, built up from individual molecules, are fantastic. Sadly, she doesn’t have a webshop you can purchase prints from yet, though I suspect it’s only a matter of time until one appears based on the reception these have been met with on Twitter!
Here in the UK, it’s strawberry season – take a look at the whoppers we picked at the nearby pick-your-own recently! Of course, there’s a Ci graphic for every occasion, and I made this one on strawberries for C&EN a few years back, looking at the compounds behind their colour, aroma, and ripening.
Click to view and download this graphic on the C&EN site
Another Twitter spot this week was these fabulous pop-up periodic tables from Chris Constantine-Armstrong. If you want one for yourself, like I do, he’s looking at scaling them up and producing more of them…