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What is Decomposition?

Lucy Bell-Young

15th November 2018

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Everything in this world eventually decomposes. In living organisms, decomposition is simply the breaking down of dead, organic matter. In chemistry terms, it is when a single compound breaks down into at least 2 simpler products. With this in mind, there are 2 main categories of decomposition: biotic, or organic decomposition is characterised… Continue reading »

The Chemistry of Autumn Colours

Lucy Bell-Young

26th September 2018

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Autumn coloured leaves scattered on the ground

Autumn officially began 3 days ago. The days have started getting darker, the wind has got colder and the leaves have started changing colours – and chemistry is here to explain how. Aside from pumpkin-spiced lattés and bonfire nights, the colours of autumn leaves are one of the favourite things about this interim… Continue reading »

The Distillation of Gin

Lucy Bell-Young

12th September 2018

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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… Continue reading »

Tin Hedgehog Experiment

Lucy Bell-Young

5th September 2018

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Hedgehog walking through fallen leaves

The tin hedgehog experiment is a simple piece of chemistry that involves tin crystals growing on a zinc pellet, transforming it into the likeness of our favourite spiky animal. Chemistry has had an astounding impact on the modern world. Thanks to chemistry, we enjoy things like penicillin, soap and even the screen you’re… Continue reading »

Is Aspartame Bad For You?

Lucy Bell-Young

29th August 2018

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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… Continue reading »

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