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From ancient Egyptian sarcophagi bathed in lapis lazuli to a synthetic pigment accidentally created in a lab that’s already being patented and marketed as ‘the bluest blue ever,’ blue is the rarest—and perhaps the most celebrated—color on earth. But why is it so hard to make and why are we are so enamored with it?

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Researching a new medical cure… unlocking DNA’s secrets… or developing a more resilient variety of wheat… biochemists and biophysicists study living things and the processes that make them grow, change, and die. These scientists design and conduct experiments, such as testing the effects of drugs, or learning how different cells divide and grow. They may

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EVERY physical variable (distance, time, mass, speed, energy, and so on) has units of measurement. For example, the agreed-upon international unit of speed (and of velocity) is the meter per second, abbreviated m over s. Sometimes international units are inconvenient. For example, if you happen to be speeding in the United States, you might need

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(music playing) Dr. Larry Romsted: I’m interested in Chemistry because I was always interested in Chemistry. I was one of those guys when Sputnik went up, and there was a call in the country to have people do science, I responded to that. In graduate school, I ended up working with a guy named Cortis,

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>>DR. KAPLAN: What I tell to any student who comes in my office thinking they want to do research, and I’ll say, “Well, why do you want to do research?” And they’ll say, “Well, I want to learn about it.” And that’s great. And then I’ll say “What do you want to do? We have

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I have a research background in traditional physical chemistry but in the last 5 years my research has shifted into biophysics. As a PCCP member, I’ve introduced the importance of biophysics research in the wider area of physical chemistry and I’m very happy to see that the journal PCCP covers more of biophysics lately.

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There’s… antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium And gold and protactinium and indium and gallium And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium There’s yttrium, ytterbium, actinium,

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