A spring amble in Cornwall

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The winds of change have blown co-chief editor and scientist-a-large Natalie Fey to take up part-time winter residence in Cornwall, in the far South West of the UK. On a sunny day in early February, she went for a walk around Trebah Garden with her dog, who is named after element 42 (we’ll let you work that one out). Here is her report:

Tree ferns at Trebah Garden in Cornwall Tree ferns at Trebah Garden in Cornwall (yes, it is a bit blurry*)

Cornwall is one of the first counties in the UK to see the signs of spring (and they make a big deal of it, too, see the Spring Story). So when the sun came out after a frankly dismal winter spent mostly in wellies, I grabbed a pair of walking shoes, camera and the dog, and headed for Trebah Garden, with a view to finding some chemistry among the early blooms. And…

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Making Of… Photos on the Sugar Posts

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As promised, there is (at least) one more story in the pictures included in our two posts on sugars (which you can find here (part 1) and here (part 2). After the saga of the sugar cane photos from Mexico, our two writers Ana McGuinness and Charles O’Brien still needed a main image, and here is how it came about.

sugar1 Assorted sweets in common laboratory glassware, together with a molecule of sucrose in front.

So, as a quick recap from part 1, our intrepid writers used work contacts of Ana’s Dad in Mexico to source pictures of sugar cane for their competition entry. However, in an editorial quest for visual consistency I suggested that they could combine colourful sweets with laboratory glassware for the main image. Anticipating howls of protest about having to throw away any foods after unwrapping them in the teaching laboratory, I also suggested that…

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