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As we come to a close on this week, do you have any questions on what is happening in the world of chemistry, including in the area of brewing - you may have seen some science news in the media whilst the course has been running, and this is our chance to make sure we can all stay abreast of what’s topical and how it might affect us all going forward.

For example, did you see that, after more than 5 years work, a team in China has decoded the genetic building blocks of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, whose leaves are used for all types of tea, including black, green and oolong – this research gives further insight into the chemicals that give tea its flavour.

Or that a fully compostable and recyclable coffee cup and lid, an area of interest to York chemists, is being tested by major high street coffee chains.

Please pose any questions you have in the Comments below or using our hashtag #FLChemistry by noon of Thursday this week. We will then post our short video, which brings together some of the most interesting topics, on the following day (on Friday this week).

Don’t miss out on the chance to share what’s on your mind!

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Exploring Everyday Chemistry

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