everyday science

  • Thickly whisked egg
    The Mole

    The chemistry of colloids

    1 July 2012

    Avogadro’s lab: Paul Hogg whips up some edible colloids

  • 2R-amino-45-hydroxy-5-hexynoic acid, 2R-amino-5-hexynoic acid and γguanidinobutyric acid
    Soundbite

    Toxic amino acids

    1 July 2012

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

  • Amorphophallus titanium in full bloom
    Elements

    Sulfur

    1 July 2012

    We can't live with it and we can't live without it

  • Structure of strychnine
    Soundbite

    Strychnine

    1 May 2012

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

  • A sea cucumber, which contains vanadium in its blood pigment
    Elements

    Vanadium

    1 May 2012

    When the Earth moves so does the price of vanadium

  • p07_csoundbite_250
    Soundbite

    Vancomycin

    1 March 2012

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

  • Lead element
    Elements

    Lead

    1 March 2012

    An element with a colourful and dubious past

  • Gallium nitride LEDs emit blue light
    Elements

    Gallium

    1 January 2012

    Goes liquid, glows blue and grabs neutrinos

  • Bubbles in Coca-Cola
    Soundbite

    Coca-Cola

    1 November 2011

    Have you ever wondered what's in Coca-Cola? How about whether it really contains cocaine?

  • Smithsonite (also known as zinc spar) is usually light green in colour
    Elements

    Zinc

    1 November 2011

    An essential element of life and lifestyle