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May 1, 2017

Ever wondered what is the composition of tattoo inks and why they are permanent?

The answer is not as simple as you may think, as there are lot of pigments whose use is carefully monitored by laws to avoid the use of toxic substances.

Usually tattoo inks contain pigments...

April 22, 2017

Can you guess what this picture represents? This is a microorganism that is responsible for potato blight. What is interesting and surprising is that it acquired some genes from bacteria...Do you want to know more about this? Read this article!

February 11, 2017

This beautiful network is a hydrogel, a gel composed of a huge amount of water, gelatin methacrylamide and arginin based polycations.

This material was found to facilitate cell attachement and proliferation and therefore it is promising for tissue engineering applicatio...

January 28, 2017

Do you want to add some art to your chemistry? Or maybe you want to add some chemistry to your art?

Well, no matter what, you should try this simple experiment at home and you will see that even in a simple art work there is always a chemical explanation!

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January 28, 2017

There has always been a very strong link between chemistry and art. The grinding of the pigments, the use of dispersants and the appropriate choice of the surfaces on which the colour lays, are a clear example of this tight relationship. Chemistry, in fact, has always...

January 22, 2017

Can you guess what this little monster is? Unfortunately, it is more common than what you can imagine, as this is a house dust mite. This microscopic relative of the spider likes to live in humid, warm environments and it can cause asthma and allergic reactions. Its fa...

January 22, 2017

Did you guess what this picture represents? This is the HIV virus, one of the most dangerous viruses in the microscopic world!

HIV is a retrovirus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome) by attacking the human immune systems cells, including macrophages,...

January 22, 2017

These tridimensional particles are gold nanoparticles, a specific type of nanoparticles which is widely employed for biomedical applications and especially in diagnostics. These little spheres have a diameter around 300 nm and they appear as little cubes under the micr...

January 22, 2017

These beautiful little rods can cause you bad stomach....Any idea of what they can be?

They are Escherichia Coli (E. Coli), a gram negative family of bacteria which is part of the intestinal bacterial flora. Some strains can cause serious food poisoning and that's why w...

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