Chaos and Dust: The Birth of the Solar System

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When some sort of impact occurs, it can alter the structure of an object. Take a snowball, for example: we can compact particles of snow into a solid object, but if we hurl it at someone the impact will rupture it back into thousands of individual snowflakes.

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Chemistry & Crystals: The Story of Dorothy Hodgkin

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The year was 1932, and Oxford University had just awarded a first-class degree to a woman for only the third time in its history.

The woman in question was Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin: a scientist who would go on to revolutionise biochemistry, leaving behind a legacy that has fundamentally shaped our understanding of living organisms and supported the growth of modern medicine.

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HIV: A Story of Science, Hope & Progress

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False coloured scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding (green) from cultured lymphocyte. Credit: The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Image Library

It was the early 1980s, and the world was facing one of the most deadly pandemics in modern history. Large numbers of people across the globe had begun to die from rare types of pneumonia, cancer, and infections of the lymph nodes. The symptoms pointed towards some sort of immune disease: an unknown affliction that had never been seen before.

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