Last retort – Page 9

  • Opinion

    Elemental

    2010-09-28T12:07:00Z

    The old alchemical elements were ancient Greek: earth, air, fire and water

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    Science sells?

    2010-08-27T14:41:00Z

    'Science sells' may not be as lucrative a cliché as its alliterative cousin

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    Sulfur or sulphur?

    2010-07-30T09:16:00Z

    Sulfur or sulphur? The controversy over the spelling of element number 16 rumbles on

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    Oinking and squawking

    2010-06-25T12:25:00Z

    There's been lot of oinking and squawking over recent scares about swine flu and bird flu

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    A dramatic experiment

    2010-05-27T10:51:00Z

    I once conducted a dramatic experiment for a BBC TV programme on chemistry

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    Chemistry is hard

    2010-04-28T10:45:00Z

    They say bright students today don't read chemistry at university because it is seen as a 'hard' subject. And there are fears over job prospects

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    Sporting technology

    2010-03-31T09:21:00Z

    Equipment technology plays a major role in modern sport

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    'Hello, my URL is...'

    2010-02-26T12:13:00Z

    At a party a few years back, instead of nametags the guests wore stickers that said 'hello, my URL is...

  • Opinion

    A fiddle and a fraud

    2010-01-28T15:07:00Z

    Chemistry, I fear, started as a fiddle and a fraud

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    The level of disorder

    2010-01-06T12:31:00Z

    Dramatised by Alan Lightman, the second law of thermodynamics incorporates the theory of entropy

  • Opinion

    The two cultures

    2009-11-26T13:38:00Z

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of C P Snow's famous Rede Lecture entitled 'The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution'

  • Opinion

    The funding lottery

    2009-10-28T10:19:00Z

    There are a number of laws that govern the behaviour of systems

  • Opinion

    Heavy drinking

    2009-10-01T14:39:00Z

    Alcohol makes us lose balance, but heavy water has the opposite effect. Could a 'heavy' gin and tonic get us drunk but keep us upright?

  • Opinion

    Darwin's chemistry

    2009-08-24T16:21:00Z

    This year marks the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth and the sesquicentenary of his On the Origin of Species, one of the most important and influential books ever published.

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    Problems starting

    2009-07-28T17:22:00Z

    My boyfriend continues to question why his car battery has chosen today (at -2°C) to fail

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    The age of chemistry

    2009-06-26T15:26:00Z

    Perkin would contemplate no other future but to study chemistry

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    Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

    2009-05-29T18:02:00Z

    Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde star in the famous story by Robert Louis Stevenson.

  • Opinion

    Making water

    2009-04-28T11:08:00Z

    'How do we make water?'

  • Opinion

    Nobel prize nominations

    2009-03-30T10:50:00Z

    Nobel prize nominations

  • Opinion

    The musical spectrometer

    2009-02-23T13:36:00Z

    O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this sound The Tempest, William Shakespeare