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.

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    Feature

    Sewage sells: the hidden value of wastewater

    2019-09-23T08:52:00

    An eye-opening visit to a waste water treatment works uncovers the surprising value in sewage. Hayley Bennett reports

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    Feature

    The art of the periodic table

    2019-03-25T11:23:00

    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

  • Pile of capsules Omega 3 on white background
    Podcast

    Omega-3 fatty acids

    2019-02-01T14:30:00

    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
    Feature

    Ready for a Raman shift

    2019-01-14T14:32:00

    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
    Feature

    From folklore to pharmacy

    2018-08-13T09:33:00

    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
    Feature

    Chemistry beyond Moore's Law

    2018-01-26T11:09:00

    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
    Podcast

    Neoprene

    2017-10-20T14:06:00

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

  • Bowl of rice - Hero
    Feature

    Arsenic and rice - a growing problem?

    2017-08-22T16:26:00

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

  • Cyclists competing in the 2014 Tour de France
    Feature

    The chemistry of the yellow jersey

    2017-06-29T10:05:00

    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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    Feature

    Building better bones

    2016-05-20T00:00:00

    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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    Feature

    Age of the phage

    2016-02-08T00:00:00

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

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    Podcast

    Xenon hexafluoroplatinate

    2015-09-30T00:00:00

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

  • Aerial view of the Argonne National Laboratory
    Podcast

    Xenon hexafluoroplatinate

    2015-09-30T00:00:00

    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
    Podcast

    Antimony sulfide

    2015-09-02T00:00:00

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

  • A palte of quiche on a wooden table
    Podcast

    Antimony sulfide

    2015-09-02T00:00:00

    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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    Careers

    It came from the blog

    2014-08-21T00:00:00

    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
    Podcast

    Dibromoindigo

    2014-04-02T00:00:00

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

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    Podcast

    Ethene

    2014-02-12T00:00:00

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

  • Bananas ripening on the plant
    Podcast

    Ethene

    2014-02-12T00:00:00

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

  • Research

    RNA mimic destined for synthetic genome

    2013-10-08T00:00:00

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

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