Has anyone ever wondered how an MRI scan works? It’s a staple in many hospitals and used for noninvasive, radiation-free diagnostic imaging. It looks like a huge spaceship-themed doughnut and is such a powerful magnet that you cannot have any metal in the room as it will rip it right off (or out of) your… Continue reading MR-why?
In a questionable attempt to seem ‘cool’ and ‘down with the kids’, I recently ended up having a long conversation with my 11-year-old niece about slime. Apparently children everywhere have been creating their own silly putty, using only two basic ingredients and then adding colour or glitter. She really wanted some for her birthday. I… Continue reading Slimewatch UK
Science news alert! Let’s give some attention to slugs, which at the moment are somehow less depressing than the normal news. The only attention I have given to slugs in recent years is trying to prevent them from getting into the kitchen in our student house. We failed in our prevention techniques, and yes I… Continue reading Glue – A sticky subject
As anyone who has ever been to an underwhelming club night will know, glow sticks can sometimes be the most exciting thing in a room. I’m writing this post so that you can then make everybody leave that room when you start telling them fun chemistry facts about how glow sticks work. Having never really… Continue reading Incessant fluorescence – how do glow sticks work?
For my first post, I thought I’d stick to what I know and talk about a chemical. Specifically: curcumin. Curcumin is one of the active compounds in turmeric, a spice which has been used for centuries in curries and is also a well-known herbal medicine. Even a quick Google for turmeric brings up hundreds of… Continue reading Turmeric – the superfood that may not be quite so super