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
I’ve been thinking about an anecdote that a lecturer once told our bio-inorganic chemistry lecture group. We were looking at the mechanisms of certain blood pressure drugs, and he casually mentioned how one of his dad’s mates had collapsed after drinking a glass of grapefruit juice one day. The medication he was taking to control… Continue reading When two drugs collide…
Space is one of the public’s favourite ‘sciencey’ things. It is beautiful, mysterious, and so preposterously large that it’s a struggle to get enough information to study. Space is actually a lot of boring empty vacuum and dark matter that is currently pretty much impossible to study or even to confirm as real. That’s why… Continue reading WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT SPACE
Recently, I attended a lecture about human anatomy run by the medical school at my university. It was fascinating! During the lecture we saw volunteers undergo several ultrasound scans, to show real-time digestion, blood pumping through the heart, and the intricate tendons and veins that are tightly packed into the wrist. It got me thinking… Continue reading Turning up the volume on ultrasound
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?
At work last week, my colleague came to the bar and said ‘I have a science question I’ve been saving for you,’ which immediately made me feel very smug and smart (and slightly worried that I wouldn’t be able to answer it). She asked me why her glass of water was able to rise over… Continue reading Surface tension – just relax