2B or not 2B? Pondering the chemistry of the humble pencil
History’s gold diggers made a fortune using grease, fleece and froth
A chemist’s-eye view of a typical day
There’s nothing like having your nose in a good book
The conductive power of metals has been exploited for generations
Avoiding the inevitable risks of practical science could have unwanted effects over time
Investigating the dusty depths of the London Underground
Alan Turing once looked to chemistry to suggest how patterns form
Faking flakes whatever the weather
Early experiments were a tricky business without basic apparatus
Can chemists uncover who invented the wheel?
Despite chemists’ best efforts, there is still nothing quite like leather
Noteworthy unions between science and music
Fizzy drinks were an instant hit, but could their tongue-tingling success be captured in solid form?
Finding a recipe for road-friendly rubber
Could the Shroud of Turin’s mysterious negative imprints have a chemical cause?
Even successful reactions can lead to washing up woes
Can research have real impacts on international development?
Nascent substances have unique properties, and some age faster than others
Sometimes the simplest question can be the hardest to answer
Combustive chemistry to light up the holiday season
Metal coatings can be useful for protection – or disguise
Avoiding a golden syrup disaster at 30,000 feet
Coping with our dwindling supplies of a gas that disappears into space
Finding a formula for the perfect brew