The Butterfly Molecule

Jonathan James If you cast your mind back to chemistry class at school, you’ll probably remember learning about various types of atomic bonds. Typically, we think about the way atoms bind to one another in a couple of ways – ionic bonding, where oppositely charged ions are held together by electrostatic interactions, and covalent bonding, … Continue reading The Butterfly Molecule

Metallic Hydrogen: 80 years in the making

  Ashley Carley Rocket fuel, lightning-fast supercomputers and levitating trains are just three uses of the newly discovered metallic hydrogen – if, the Harvard scientists say, everything goes to plan. Hydrogen is the lightest and most abundant of all the elements. It forms two thirds of every drop of water, and almost 75% of the … Continue reading Metallic Hydrogen: 80 years in the making

Tears of sadness and joy

Weilin Wu Watching The Notebook, cutting onions, or looking at your overdraft are all activities that may lead you to reach for the tissues. But, why do we do cry? Photographer Rose Lynn Fisher has recently captured the microscopic differences between tears of joy, grief, irritation and laughter, but why do different tears appear differently … Continue reading Tears of sadness and joy

Why Are Chilli Peppers So Hot (And Could They Be The Key To Weight Loss)?

Dan Chesman Naked mole-rats: the mammalian wonders of the animal kingdom. They are best known for their near-immunity to cancer, their insanely long lifespan for a mammal so small and for being ridiculously good-looking (see below). In addition to this, they do not feel chronic pain. For many, this would be a dream come true. … Continue reading Why Are Chilli Peppers So Hot (And Could They Be The Key To Weight Loss)?

The Element of Surprise: Things You Didn’t Know About The Periodic Table

Dan Chesman If you were to walk into any school science laboratory and not see a periodic table on the wall, I would eat my own underwear. This seemingly unordered array of squares in a sort-of-but-not-really-rectangular shape takes its mammoth foot and stamps on your tiny ant of an Excel spreadsheet. It’s probably the most … Continue reading The Element of Surprise: Things You Didn’t Know About The Periodic Table