Chemistry

Should the Private Tutoring Industry be Regulated?

Alex Dyer | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

It is fast becoming one of the most popular jobs in the UK - and if the recent figures are true, the industry is now one of the most popular career choices out there...

Signs Of Organic Chemistry Found At The Centre Of The Galaxy

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Tech

Scientists have discovered an unsettlingly complex molecule at the centre of our galaxy which could hint at the beginning of life-forming chemistry. ...

Student Makes Impressively Clever Chemistry Joke In Yearbook, Gets Suspended

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Instead of hiring her on the spot as the next chemistry teacher, a school has suspended one of its students who made a damn clever periodic table joke...

This New Material Is Lighter Than Water, Stronger Than Steel

Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Tech

A new material has been developed which is said to be both lighter than water, and stronger than steel. The bone-like stuff was created by Jens Bau...

Nature's Invisible Dances

Dr David R. Glowacki | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr David R. Glowacki

Understanding the invisible dances taking place on tiny scales in nature has profound impacts for our everyday lives. For example, understanding the dances of cells, molecules, atoms, and electrons allows us to make strides developing important technologies in areas like medicine and mobile communications.

New Element Discovered

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Tech

Scientists have discovered a new 'super-heavy' element - despite it being featured in computer games for years. The new find has an atomic number ...

WATCH: 10 Chemistry Lesson Experiments Which Went Horribly Wrong

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

So by now you should have all seen the teacher who set the fire sprinklers off after his experiment got a tad out of hand (if you haven't, watch it). ...

WATCH: Teacher's Chemistry Experiment Takes A Turn For The Worst

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

It's embarrassing enough when you accidentally set off the fire sprinklers during a chemistry class, and even more so if you're the teacher. It a...

Halabja and the Dangers of Mustard Gas

Michael Freemantle | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Tech
Michael Freemantle

Mustard gas is actually not a gas but a thick viscous liquid that can remain on the ground for years when conditions are right. The chemical releases a vapour that is either odourless or smells of mustard depending on the purity of the liquid.

Yasser Arafat, Polonium Poisoning and the Curies

Michael Freemantle | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Tech
Michael Freemantle

Polonium is a silver-grey metallic chemical element that can exist as 33 different species known as isotopes. All 33 isotopes are radioactive. The one that is suspected of killing Arafat is polonium-210, the same isotope that killed the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Theory Under Pressure Skates on Thin Ice

David Bradley | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Tech
David Bradley

Countless science teachers, textbooks and fans of ice skating will tell you that ice melts under pressure. Unfortunately it is simply not true.

Where Are All the Girls?

Dr Peter Wothers | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Peter Wothers

This is something we regularly see during our admissions rounds - the consistently low proportion of girls applying for the physical sciences, maths, computer science, and engineering.

The New Archbishop, Fashion and a Pervasion of Purple

Michael Freemantle | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK Tech
Michael Freemantle

Purple, and variations thereof - mauve, indigo, violet, magenta, crimson and claret - are ubiquitous nowadays. But it was not always so.

The Other Poppies of War

Michael Freemantle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Michael Freemantle

Opium poppy extracts and their chemical derivatives were and still are invaluable in relieving the suffering of the wounded. It is therefore safe to say that both the opium poppy and the red poppy, or least the artificial variety, have been employed to bring immense relief to members of the armed forces, albeit in totally different ways.

Water. Water, Everywhere

Michael Freemantle | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Tech
Michael Freemantle

The provision of safe water is a global challenge today and has been so throughout history, not least during periods of war. And that applies to both civilians and armed forces.

Centenary Plans for The First World War, Also Known as The Chemists' War

Michael Freemantle | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Politics
Michael Freemantle

The chemistry of the First World War proved to be a double-edged sword. It not only killed, maimed, and destroyed, it also helped to protect troops and heal the sick and wounded.

Scientists Replace Fat In Chocolate With Fruit Juice

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle

It may not make chocolate one of your five a day –- but scientists have found a way to replace up to 50% of its fat content with fruit juice. As ...

Schoolgirl Suffers Horrific Injuries After Experiment Explodes In Her Face

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Schoolgirl Ashley Cherry may be scarred for life after suffering second-degree burns on her face when a science experiment exploded. The 13-year-ol...

Exploding Pumpkin: Chemistry Teacher Shows Students How To Carve A Pumpkin The Cool Way

YouTube | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

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Crazy Halloween Cats, Maverick Babies And iPad Genius Top Video Chart

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK

Pumpkins, clever costumes and spooky pranks have had trick-or-treaters stuck to their screens this week. A cat with whiskers like Colonel Mustard's...

We Need more Than Separate Sciences, Mr Gove

David Docherty | Posted 16.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education
David Docherty

Twenty-first century industrial problems cannot be solved primarily with a nineteenth-century educational toolkit.