While analogies are useful for explaining chemical processes, they should be used carefully, says Tom Husband
Discover how you can measure the speed of light by melting chocolate in your kitchen in this article from the ‘Avogadro’s lab’ series.
Elinor Hughes investigates some of the latest developments in recycling food waste
Andrew Turley investigates a build-it-yourself 3D printer you can use in your classroom
Nina Notman probes the mission that is boldly going where no spacecraft has gone before
John Emsley investigates the halogen we love to hate, but can’t live without
Declan Fleming investigates how crowdfunding helped a chemist to uncover the secrets behind some familiar reactions
Tom Husband explains how the behaviour of big crowds is easier to predict than small ones
Declan Fleming investigates the story behind the classic caesium explosion video
Explore how a range of different colours can be achieved through dyeing and find tests you can try at home in this article from the ‘Avogadro’s lab’ series.
Declan Fleming explains how Brainiac's faked explosions helped produce a great resource to stretch his students
John Emsley looks at a low profile element with some valuable applications
We look at the theories behind the cause of the German airship disaster
Andrew Turley investigates the history of Pyrex, one of the best known brands in chemistry
Nina Notman digs her nails into the unsafe working conditions of the US manicure industry
Tom Husband ponders the similarities between the sugar molecules in his cup of tea and organising a concert
Find out about the important role gels play in our daily lives, from jellies to contact lenses, in this article from the ‘Avogadro’s lab’ series.
It’s amazing what chemists can do with a jelly-like material that’s mostly water, says Bea Perks
It’s salt, soda and street lights, but also much more, explains John Emsley
Hundreds of different chemicals can ruin our water, so measuring their levels is vital. Josh Howgego investigates whether building sensors that can do the job cheaply and remotely will ever be possible
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