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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 »

What is Demineralisation?

Lucy Bell-Young

23rd August 2018

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Demineralisation is one of three purification methods used in the water treatment industry. It involves an ion exchange process that yields high-quality, mineral-free water – but this form of water purification isn’t infallible, and it can be trumped. About Demineralisation In general, demineralisation is a term used to refer to an absence or… Continue reading »

What Are Intermolecular Forces?

Lucy Bell-Young

16th August 2018

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Intermolecular forces (IMFs) are one of two kinds of forces that take place in and around a molecule. They come in many forms, giving us insight into how molecules interact with each other as well as what chemical properties a substance may have. What Are IMFs? Molecules are operated by two forces of… Continue reading »

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