everyday science

  • A thorium aeroplane engine
    Elements

    Thorium

    1 September 2010

    The nuclear fuel that could last 10,000 years

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • A baseball player
    Elements

    Scandium

    1 March 2010

    The shadowy metal that shines like the Sun