Ian Farrell

Ian Farrell is a freelance journalist and photographer from Cambridge, UK. After a PhD in physical inorganic chemistry he became a science writer then magazine editor. He now works freelance and is never happier than when telling stories with words and pictures.

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ianfarrell.com
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    What’s the strongest acid in the world?

    2021-10-21T06:39:00

    Delve into the highly corrosive world of superacids

  • A photo of a woman reacting to eating spicy food
    Article

    Why chilli burns your mouth

    2021-09-02T07:22:00

    How milk cools things down and water doesn’t

  • A photo of a melting ice cream cone with raspberry sauce and a flake
    Feature

    How ice cream is made

    2021-05-24T11:56:00

    For a simple combination of milk, cream, sugar and flavourings, there is a lot of science involved in ice cream manufacture

  • A full-frame, close-up image of a swirl of melted chocolate
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    The science of melting chocolate

    2021-03-01T13:07:00

    Use this infographic with your 11–14 students to develop their knowledge of changes of state and their graphing skills

  • Illustrations showing the molecular structures of different allotropes of carbon
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    Allotropes of carbon

    2020-12-14T12:27:00

    Use this infographic with your 14–16 classes to boost their knowledge of diamond, graphite, graphene and fullerenes

  • A micrograph of a cross-section of a tree branch showing the cell wall and other materials
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    Making materials from biomass

    2020-10-19T08:06:00

    Biomass is regularly used as fuel, but have we been overlooking this sustainable resource as a source of chemical building blocks?

  • An image showing bottles of hand sanitising gel
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    Lending a hand with sanitiser

    2020-08-17T10:31:00

    When one of the key weapons in the fight against Covid-19 was in short supply, some unlikely manufacturers stepped in

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    One in the eye for river blindness

    2013-11-07T00:00:00

    It’s one of the greatest success stories in human health – a drug created from a product found in nature and given away freely to those who most need it, saving millions from debilitating blindness. Ian Farrell investigates the marvel of ivermectin

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    How much horse meat?

    2013-07-01T00:00:00

    It's a simple enough question, but the media, the public and even government officials are having trouble understanding just how much horse meat is in some processed food. Ian Farrell makes sense of the confusion

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    Detective work and food fraud

    2013-05-01T00:00:00

    How did horse meat remain undetected in the food chain for long enough to reach supermarket shelves? Ian Farrell investigates