everyday science

  • 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

  • Pint of beer on a wooden table
    The Mole

    Ethanol

    1 January 2010

    That’s chemistry: The science behind alcohol

  • 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.

  • Weather-monitoring equipment
    Elements

    Helium

    1 January 2010

    The inert element with extreme behaviour

  • 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

  • Fruit
    Soundbite

    Potassium permanganate

    1 November 2009

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

  • A platinum ring
    Elements

    Platinum

    1 November 2009

    Not just another form of silver, it's pure platinum

  • A professional cyclist before a dark sky
    The Mole

    EPO

    1 September 2009

    John Johnston investigates this oft abused hormone

  • Euro bills
    Elements

    Europium

    1 September 2009

    Seeing red? That'll be europium