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
As I’m sure you will have noticed, everyday phenomena is all around. There are always exceptions to every rule, and always something that science has yet to explain (looking at you, magnets). One of my absolute favourites is the Brazil Nut Effect – simply put, why do the largest nuts in a mixture always rise… Continue reading Granular Separation: The Brazil Nut Effect
February 11th was the second ever International Day of Women and Girls in Science – launched in 2016 by the UN to publicise the growing global movement to combat gender inequality in the scientific community and educational opportunities. Gender inequalities exist in all industries and at all levels: they become more prominent as the level… Continue reading International Day of Women and Girls in Science
This week, I discovered that toast can give you cancer. TOAST. Can give you cancer. As someone who is too impatient to cook, often hungry, and a lover of Marmite, I’m sure you can imagine my dismay. Toast is a staple in my diet. I eat so much toast it should be a crime. I… Continue reading Toast can give you CANCER
A new game was launched in Finland at the end of last year: Big Bang Legends. The idea behind it is simple, to have kids learning whilst also having fun playing a game. This thinking has of course been applied before; there are numerous apps and online ‘games’ which pretend to be fun but often throw… Continue reading Can children learn particle physics?
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