everyday science

  • Propelled by its xenon ion engine, NASA's Dawn spacecraft
    Elements

    Xenon

    1 January 2009

    A knock-out element, xenon changed chemical theory of the noble gases

  • A window cleaner on a skyscraper
    Soundbite

    Titanium dioxide

    1 January 2009

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

  • A woman kissing an old man - Methylene blue offers hope to Alzheimer's disease patients
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    Methylene blue

    1 November 2008

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

  • Pure gold
    Elements

    Gold

    1 November 2008

    Colourful in the colours it exhibits, and in its chemistry and uses

  • Americum
    Elements

    Americium

    1 September 2008

    Americium emits deadly radiation - but every home should have some

  • Using a petrol station pump
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    Lactones as biofuel

    1 September 2008

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

  • Magnesium
    Elements

    Magnesium

    1 July 2008

    Once the destroyer of cities, magnesium is now an energy saver

  • Crops sprayed with pesticide
    Elements

    Bromine

    1 May 2008

    Once so essential, now mired in controversy

  • Diamond ring
    Elements

    Zirconium

    1 March 2008

    Wear it sparkling on your finger, zirconium is also key to nuclear energy

  • A child eating a vanilla ice cream
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    Vanillin

    1 March 2008

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