everyday science

  • 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

  • Sunflower
    Elements

    Iodine

    1 May 2010

    A little goes a long way

  • Citrus fruits on a chopping board
    The Mole

    Citric acid

    1 March 2010

    When you squeeze lemon juice over your pancakes this Shrove Tuesday, you will be using citric acid – 2-hydroxypropane-1,2,3-tricarboxylic acid. This molecule has a host of applications, making it quite a magnificent molecule

  • A baseball player
    Elements

    Scandium

    1 March 2010

    The shadowy metal that shines like the Sun

  • The sponge Stylotella aurantium
    Soundbite

    Palau'amine

    1 March 2010

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

  • Pint of beer on a wooden table
    The Mole

    Ethanol

    1 January 2010

    That’s chemistry: The science behind alcohol

  • Weather-monitoring equipment
    Elements

    Helium

    1 January 2010

    The inert element with extreme behaviour

  • White wine and fish
    Soundbite

    White wine and fish

    1 January 2010

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

  • Chilli peppers
    The Mole

    Capsaicin

    1 November 2009

    Capsaicin is responsible for the hot taste of chilli peppers. It can also relieve pain, is used in pepper spray and as a performance-enhancing drug for horses, so it certainly qualifies as a magnificent molecule