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

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