Hayley Bennett

Hayley Bennett

Hayley is a Bristol-based science writer interested in biology, chemistry, the environment and the intersection between science and the arts. She has written for The Guardian, BBC Focus, New Scientist and Mosaic, and is an author of several popular science books including Defining Moments in Science and 50 Chemistry Ideas You Really Need to Know.

  • An artistic representation of the periodic table based on the shape of a shell

    The art of the periodic table

    25 March 2019

    The venerable chart of elements has inspired and entertained in its first 150 years. Hayley Bennett looks at some of its weird, wacky – and wise – incarnations

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    Omega-3 fatty acids

    1 February 2019

    Many consume cod liver oil due to 'a vague sense we should be taking them for something' – but what to the omega-3 fatty acids actually do?

  • A picture of the Renishaw Biological Analyser

    Ready for a Raman shift

    14 January 2019

    Raman spectroscopy has been seen as a tool for physicists and chemists but Hayley Bennett finds it has the potential to cause a major shift in the way we do medicine

  • Illustration of plants bearing tablets and drug capsules as flowers

    From folklore to pharmacy

    13 August 2018

    Although many drugs have in the past come from plants, Hayley Bennett discovers that it’s hard work getting them approved today

  • Macrophotograph of a silicon chip

    Chemistry beyond Moore's Law

    26 January 2018

    Can anything replace the silicon in our mobile phones and laptops? The hunt is on, reports Hayley Bennett

  • A photograph of a surfer riding a wave


    20 October 2017

    The wear-resistant polymer that helps keep you warm in the winter surf

  • Bowl of rice - Hero

    Arsenic and rice - a growing problem?

    22 August 2017

    Hayley Bennett highlights rice’s natural affinity for arsenic and what researchers are doing about it

  • Cyclists competing in the 2014 Tour de France

    The chemistry of the yellow jersey

    29 June 2017

    Hayley Bennett tells the story of the 1948 Tour de France’s yellow jersey – and how synthetic fabrics came to dominate sportswear

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    Building better bones

    20 May 2016

    Can we make biodegradable materials strong enough to support the human body yet porous enough to allow real bone tissue to regenerate? Hayley Birch finds out

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    Age of the phage

    8 February 2016

    Hayley Birch discovers how researchers are using proteins from viruses to create new antimicrobial drugs

  • Argonne National Laboratory

    Xenon hexafluoroplatinate

    30 September 2015

    Hayley Birch discovers the compound that opened up a wing of the periodic table for reactions: Xenon hexafluoroplatinate

  • A very old edition of Tyrocinium Chymicum

    Antimony sulfide

    2 September 2015

    It’s at the heart of the first chemical equation, and makes Hayley Birch think of quiche. This week’s compound is antimony sulfide

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    It came from the blog

    21 August 2014

    Is blogging an innocuous pastime? Or could it help, or even harm, your career? Hayley Birch investigates

  • Piles of colored powders in an Indian market – holi colors


    2 April 2014

    Purple was once a colour only royalty could afford to wear. Hayley Birch investigates tyrian purple, or dibromoindigo, the original purple dye

  • Bananas ripening on the plant


    12 February 2014

    Hayley Birch discovers the compound that links explosive anaesthetics, plastics and ripe bananas: Ethene

  • Research

    RNA mimic destined for synthetic genome

    8 October 2013

    Self-replicating polymers could soon be ready to form the basis of a very primitive cell

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    2 October 2013

    Serotonin, the ‘happy molecule’, may be at the root of depression, but Hayley Birch finds we still have a lot to learn

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    Enabling Africa's women

    14 August 2013

    US project Coach is supporting African women to progress in science careers, Hayley Birch learns

  • Research

    Sound solution to nanoparticle handling problems

    2 August 2013

    An unexpected discovery allows scientists to stick nanoparticles together using ultrasound without destroying their catalytic activity

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    Beginner's guide to book writing

    10 July 2013

    Thinking about writing a book? Before taking the plunge, heed the advice of those who’ve done it all before. Hayley Birch talks to the experts

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