All articles by Hayley Bennett

  • An image showing a silhouette of a man inside a sewer
    Feature

    Sewage sells: the hidden value of wastewater

    2019-09-23T08:52:00Z

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

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

    The art of the periodic table

    2019-03-25T11:23:00Z

    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

    2019-02-01T14:30:00Z

    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

    2019-01-14T14:32:00Z

    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

    2018-08-13T09:33:00Z

    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

    2018-01-26T11:09:00Z

    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

    2017-10-20T14:06:00Z

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

  • Bowl of rice - Hero
    Feature

    Arsenic and rice - a growing problem?

    2017-08-22T16:26:00Z

    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

    2017-06-29T10:05:00Z

    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

    2016-05-20T00:00:00Z

    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

    2016-02-08T00:00:00Z

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

  • Aerial view of the Argonne National Laboratory
    Podcast

    Xenon hexafluoroplatinate

    2015-09-30T00:00:00Z

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

  • A palte of quiche on a wooden table
    Podcast

    Antimony sulfide

    2015-09-02T00:00:00Z

    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

    2014-08-21T00:00:00Z

    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

    2014-04-02T00:00:00Z

    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
    Podcast

    Ethene

    2014-02-12T00:00:00Z

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

  • Research

    RNA mimic destined for synthetic genome

    2013-10-08T00:00:00Z

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

  • Happy and smiling family portrait
    Podcast

    Serotonin

    2013-10-02T00:00:00Z

    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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    Careers

    Enabling Africa's women

    2013-08-14T00:00:00Z

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

  • Research

    Sound solution to nanoparticle handling problems

    2013-08-02T00:00:00Z

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