Medway Postgraduate Research Cafe’

LogoFrom May 2015 to December 2015, our bloggers Carmen and Evelina, organised the Medway Postgraduate Research Cafe’ for the University of Kent at Medway Campus (United Kingdom).

The Postgraduate Research Cafe’ is a series of research meetings open to everyone that is still going on at Medway Campus. Each café features two 20 minute talks from postgraduate researchers from different disciplines, with a chance for questions, debate and networking over tea and coffee. This relaxed event aims to bring postgraduates together, foster cross-disciplinary networks, and provide a supportive context for research discussion.

 

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imagesDear readers,

we are pleased to announce that we received a micro grant from the Marie Curie Alumni Association to renew and maintain our website.

We are therefore working on it. Stay tuned and get ready to see the new Noughty Science!

The NoughtyScience Team

Guess the scientist #2, the answer

UnknownFor those who played our game last time, now it’s time to give an answer on who said the famous citation:

Science can’t solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve”.

The scientist was Max Planck. Want to know more about this famous Nobel Prize laureate? Click here.

Thank you to all who participated in the game!

Stay tuned for our next quiz 😉

New sensors: monitoring breath for kidney disease

UnknownCurious to see if you have a kidney disease in a very fast way? You can do it by just breathing!

Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered a sensor based on a nonporous organic semiconductor thin film that can monitor the levels of ammonia in the breath. Since ammonia is a biomarker for chronic kidney disease, this highlights the importance of this research and its future impact in the development of novel health monitoring technologies.

Read the full article here!

Theofylline

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The molecule of this week is theofylline, a methylxanthine that can be naturally found in cocoa beans. This molecule has a very similar chemical structure to other xanthines like caffeine or theobromine. However, it has pharmacological applications as it is used to treat asthma and other respiratory diseases.
Read more about theofylline here!

You probably heard before that doing chemistry is like cooking……BookCover

Well…It is also true that you can find some chemistry in your kitchen! To know more, read this interesting book by Matthew Hartings, who will explain you basic chemistry principles through simple recipes!
Read more here!