Go outside. Take a deep breath. Smell that? The earthy aroma of plants and rain is everywhere. The weather may still be a little capricious this year, but these smells tell us that spring is definitely – and literally – in the air. Smells like Spring Spirit Seasons are detected by more than just a… Continue reading »
Known as nature’s sweetener, honey is adored worldwide for its golden tint and viscous consistency. Making honey actually involves a lot of chemistry; and far from being a man-made substance, it’s the bees that are the real chemists. Now that spring has sprung, you may have noticed that our beloved bees are making their first… Continue reading »
Every mammal experiences it, poets have been writing about it for centuries, but scientists are only just starting to get a handle on it. We’re talking about Spring Fever, of course, but does this seasonal phenomenon have any scientific basis? What is Spring Fever? Although it is not recognised as a “definitive diagnostic category,” spring… Continue reading »
One of the most fascinating chemical experiments is the reaction between silver nitrate and copper wire in water. Characterised by fractal-like precipitates, this experiment is a stunning example of a simple redox reaction. When you place a copper wire into a solution of silver nitrate and water, crystals begin to appear. These grow on the… Continue reading »
You’ve probably heard many horror stories about your soda of choice. But could the seemingly unremarkable and greatly overlooked soda can be worse for you than the beverage inside? Acidity of Fizzy Drinks Soda cans have a lot going on beneath their aluminium surface. Lining their interior is a protective shield that prevents the soda… Continue reading »
Following on from our previous post ‘The Chemistry of Fire’ we have created this infographic to simplify our points. Take a look at the infographic and feel free to share with your colleagues, friends or family. Share this Image On Your Site Please include attribution to www.reagent.co.uk with this graphic.