Cartoon representation of NA and Cl ionic bonding

Diamond helps to discover hexagonal salt

Explore ionic structures in your class with the discovery of a strange form of table salt

Everyday science

An illustration showing the trading of hand sanitiser on the black market in coronavirus times

How the unscrupulous turn a profit from virus fears


Why alcohol-based sanitiser found its way onto the black market and into stockpiles – and how it works against viruses

An image showing a policeman checking the methane content of a sheep's breath using a breathalyser

Can seaweed-eating sheep curb methane emissions?


Seaweed may not be the silver bullet to farming’s methane problem

An illustration showing a cowboy-style man prepared to tackle a difficult toilet

Poo sticks … and how to stop it


How science is saving water and time spent cleaning the loo

An illustration of wildfires turning the sky red

Why smoke particles turned the sky red


Nina Notman explains why forest fires in Indonesia made the sky look red

Marta Melchiorre at her desk in front of a computer at The National Gallery

‘To work with paintings is my dream job’


Meet Marta Melchiorre, a scientist who supports the conservation of paintings at the National Gallery in London

An image showing Lee Goodwin in a lab at contract research organistion Covance

‘Science doesn’t always work in the way you expect it to’


Meet Lee Goodwin, a bioanalytical chemist who helps unpick what our bodies do with the drugs they are given, such as antivirals as treatment for Covid-19

An image showing dripping paint

How chemists are stopping paint drip


Analytical chemistry is playing an important role in discovering why some 20th century paintings have started to liquefy

An image showing UV light sterilization of face mask to disinfect and reuse

Can UV light help tackle the coronavirus?

2020-06-15T09:17:00+01:00By ,

Engage students with some highly topical cross-curricular science

An image showing a collection of characters in the context of a world pandemic

Epidemiology: Calling the disease detectives

2020-06-08T09:44:00+01:00By ,

What is an epidemiologist? Inspire students with this fascinating insight into the world of some of the most powerful scientific detectives

An image showing a 3D printed heart

4D printing: the next dimension in healthcare?

2020-05-18T09:13:00+01:00By ,

Use this novel concept to teach students about natural polymers, programmable materials and chemistry in medicine

An image showing an employee wearing a protective face mask disinfecting shopping trolleys for customers arriving to shop at a supermarket

Coronavirus: should we be sanitising our shopping?

2020-04-27T10:25:00+01:00By ,

Chemists are busily working out how long Covid-19 remains viable on various surfaces – here’s what we know so far

An image showing a clever jacket

Temperature-controlling textiles

2020-03-02T11:40:00+00:00By ,

Nina Notman gets a feel for the high-tech fabrics that can help us maintain our preferred temperature