everyday science

  • Stinging nettles
    Elements

    Silicon

    1 January 2011

    Standard weight and stinging nettles

  • Gin and tonic
    The Mole

    Quinine

    1 November 2010

    Quinine was the first successful anti-malarial, but it is now more familiar to us as the bitter taste in tonic water, but what is the story?

  • French fries
    Soundbite

    French fries

    1 November 2010

    Simon Cotton takes a look at those compounds that find themselves in the news or relate to our everyday lives.

  • Strontium making a characteristic red flame
    Elements

    Strontium

    1 November 2010

    Red alert

  • A sandalwood sculpture of an elephant
    Soundbite

    Sandalwood

    1 September 2010

    Simon Cotton takes a look at those compounds that find themselves in the news or relate to our everyday lives

  • A thorium aeroplane engine
    Elements

    Thorium

    1 September 2010

    The nuclear fuel that could last 10,000 years

  • Mars bar
    The Mole

    Chocolate

    1 July 2010

    That’s chemistry: The molecules behind Mars bars

  • Muddy football socks
    Elements

    Silver

    1 July 2010

    The noble metal that's now down at heel

  • Black 'cholester-oil'
    Soundbite

    Asphaltene

    1 July 2010

    Simon Cotton takes a look at those compounds that find themselves in the news or relate to our everyday lives

  • Teen looking rough at the end of the night
    Soundbite

    Meow meow or M-kat

    1 May 2010

    Simon Cotton takes a look at those compounds that find themselves in the news or relate to our everyday lives