The Distillation of Gin

Lucy Bell-Young

12th September 2018

Science

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Two glass bottles of gin

Gin starts its life as almost entirely pure ethanol. In order to transform into one of the world’s favourite spirit, it must first undergo a process of distillation. This alcoholic beverage undergoes the same process that some of our purified water products undergo: distillation. Gin is produced by redistilling ethanol and infusing it with botanical… Continue reading »

Is Aspartame Bad For You?

Lucy Bell-Young

29th August 2018

Science

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Close up of donuts with brightly coloured icing

Artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, are found everywhere. From your favourite dessert to your favourite can of soda, sweeteners are one of the most common food additives in the world. These sugar-substitutes have a pretty bad reputation, but can their dangers to our health be supported by science? About Artificial Sweeteners Artificial sweeteners are sugar substitutes… Continue reading »

This Day in Chemistry: Joseph Priestley

Lucy Bell-Young

1st August 2018

Chemistry, Science

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Portrait of Joseph Priestley

On this day in 1774, Joseph Priestley first isolated one of the most crucial elements of our time: oxygen. A chemist, philosopher, famous dissenter and eventual expatriate, Priestley provided the scientific work that modern-day chemistry hinges on – but he didn’t necessarily agree with the theories his work facilitated. About Joseph Priestley Born in 1733,… Continue reading »

The Chemistry of Coffee

Lucy Bell-Young

11th July 2018

Chemistry, Science

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The Chemistry of Coffee

Coffee is a cornucopia of chemical compounds. Together, they create a unique composition that gives coffee its unique smell, flavourful taste and kick of energy. So what does chemistry have to do with all of this? Chemical Composition of Coffee Coffee contains a variety of different chemicals, including over a thousand aromatic compounds. Of course,… Continue reading »

What Happens To Your Body On a Plane?

Lucy Bell-Young

20th June 2018

Science

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What Happens to Your Body on a Plane?

The ear-popping, skin-drying, head-throbbing and bad-tasting experience of travelling on a plane can be put down to a number of causes. Our bodies go through a lot of changes when we’re flying high, and today we’re looking at what science has to say about that long-haul hangover. Altitude Sickness Altitude sickness happens when you arrive… Continue reading »