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    Period products

    2021-03-08T13:37:00Z

    Complete a life-cycle assessment for three period products: tampons, period pads and menstrual cups. Ask learners to use their judgement to recommend the product with the least environmental impact

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    Your place or mine? The local business of lithium mining

    2020-11-30T10:23:00Z

    Lithium-ion batteries will power the next generation of electric cars, but how can we mine lithium with minimal impact on the environment?

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    Encourage pupils to examine the evidence

    2020-07-22T08:31:00Z

    How to structure lessons to get your students to look at ‘the science’ and pick out supporting reasons

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    ‘Science doesn’t always work in the way you expect it to’

    2020-07-10T09:59:00Z

    Meet Lee Goodwin, a bioanalytical chemist who helps unpick what our bodies do with the drugs they are given, such as antivirals as treatment for Covid-19

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    Epidemiology: Calling the disease detectives

    2020-06-08T09:44:00Z

    What is an epidemiologist? Inspire students with this fascinating insight into the world of some of the most powerful scientific detectives

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    Coronavirus: should we be sanitising our shopping?

    2020-04-27T10:25:00Z

    Chemists are busily working out how long Covid-19 remains viable on various surfaces – here’s what we know so far

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    Freeing the world from chemical weapons

    2019-10-28T14:28:00Z

    Chemists have helped destroy 97% of declared banned substances, finds Andy Extance, and are pushing to get the rest

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    You are what you ate

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    This C/PBL resource looks at the metabolic causes and incidence of obesity in the cultural and social environment within which students, tutors, and institutions operate. Students are presented with a problem, the growing incidence of obesity, in a real life context in which the core subject, metabolic chemistry, plays a ...

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    Molecules against malaria

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    This medicinal chemistry case study is designed to introduce students to the development of antimalarial 4-aminoquinolines and the early stages of drug discovery and development. It focuses on antimalarial 4-aminoquinolines (4-AQs) and involves an introduction to malaria, its causes, societal impact and the need for new drugs. It then presents ...

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    94 Elements

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    This project is creating a collection of unique human stories by award-winning filmmakers about the endless ways the elements touch our daily lives.

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    Small is... challenge

    2016-12-12T13:33:00Z In association with

    A link to Practical Action s small is challenge and its related resources, where students are tasked with analysing technology from the last hundred years, and to invent a product that could help achieve a sustainable future.

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    Beat the flood challenge

    2016-12-12T13:24:00Z In association with

    Links to Practical Action s beat the flood challenge, including the teacher and student materials, beat the flood poster, competition winners and schools experiences of the challenge. Video: Beat the flood

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    Why do we worry about chemicals?

    Here we provide you with public facing ‘Message Notes’ aimed at the wider public. These notes have the purpose of providing balanced information explaining the risks associated with chemicals of high concern. They also explain how chemists address and manage these risks.

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    Nuclear decommissioning: turning waste into wealth

    This context/problem-based learning (C/PBL) resource is part of a collection we have commissioned for you to use with your undergraduate students. This 5 credit module is based on the following scenario: Your students will consider the management of a nuclear decommissioning project with a focus on adding value ...

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    Waste to wealth videos: Brian Handy

    This resource forms part of a collection of videos that aims to provide undergraduate students with insights into what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. In these videos Brian Handy explains what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. He describes some of the challenges, ...

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    Waste to wealth videos: Patrick Regan

    This resource forms part of a collection of videos that aims to provide undergraduate students with insights into what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. In these videos Patrick Regan explains what it is like to work with the media. He explains why and how scientists should ...

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    Waste to wealth videos: Peter Ivanov

    This resource forms part of a collection of videos that aims to provide undergraduate students with insights into what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. In these videos Peter Ivanov explains what it is like to work as a radiochemist. He describes the role of solvent extraction ...

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    Waste to wealth videos: Martin Freer

    This resource forms part of a collection of videos that aims to provide undergraduate students with insights into what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. In these videos Martin Freer explains what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. He describes some of the issues ...

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    Chemhistory: phosphorus

    2015-10-09T11:17:00Z

    Professor Alan Dronsfield, chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry s Historical Group, looks at the significance of phosphorus in an historical context.

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    Scientific career paths: Academia or industry?

    2015-09-22T13:41:21Z In association with

    Nobel Laureates share their insights and experiences on working in industry and academia and their career paths. Video:Working in academia or industry - Barry Marshall Video:How does industry compare to academia? - Barry Marshall Video:Satisfying careers in academia or industry - Paul Nurse