The Smell of Spring

Lucy Bell-Young

16th May 2018

Science

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Macro shot of white flowers in spring

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 »

How Do Bees Make Honey?

Lucy Bell-Young

2nd May 2018

Chemistry, Science

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Jars of honey

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 »

The Science Behind Spring Fever

Lucy Bell-Young

25th April 2018

Science

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Pink cherry blossoms

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 »

What Happens When You Put Copper Wire in Silver Nitrate?

Lucy Bell-Young

4th April 2018

Chemistry, Science

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Crystal-like precipitates form on a copper wire that's in silver nitrate

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 »

The Science Behind a Soda Can

Lucy Bell-Young

28th March 2018

Chemicals, Science

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The science behind a soda can is more interesting than you'd think

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 »

The Chemistry of Fire: Infographic

Lucy Bell-Young

14th March 2018

Chemistry, Science

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The Chemistry of Fire: Infographic

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.