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
Is it a wave or is it a particle? We might know the answer, (Spoiler alert: it’s both!) but it is reassuring nonetheless to see the pictures that prove it, says Nina Notman
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
Almost 30 years after its closure, the historic Lion Salt Works in Cheshire opens its doors to the public. Volunteer Mike Tingle relates some of its history
Tara tells Katrina Krämer how her curiosity about chemistry helps her keep rivers clean
Whatever the predictions, you won’t know for sure until the final whistle, says Tom Husband
Isobel Hogg explores a farming technique that has increased food supplies for thousands of African farmers and their families
Learn about the chemistry behind candles and how they work in this article from ‘Avogadro’s lab’, including a test to try at home with safety instructions.
Polar stacks facilitate dissolution by polarising
Nina Notman probes what measurements taken onboard the Rosetta spacecraft mean for our understanding of the origin of water on Earth
John Emsley looks at an element that holds the key to life on Earth
There's chemistry among the specimens at many botanical gardens
Meteorites can be bought cheaply online and offer an excellent laboratory teaching tool, explain Luis Lahuerta Zamora, Salvador Lahuerta Zamora and Ana Mellado Romero
Katrina Krämer talks to an art school graduate with the skills that make chemistry research possible
For some it’s the source of their powers, for others their only weakness. Ben Valsler explores the chemical story at the heart of many comic book characters
Tom Husband thinks about how chemical bonding might be similar to personal relationships
Discover how stretching, scratching or crushing some materials can produce light, and try a quick experiment to demonstrate this effect using sugar.
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