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Novichok: how does the deadly nerve agent work?

On the 22 March, detective sergeant Nick Bailey was discharged from hospital following exposure to Novichok in the Salisbury attack. Sgt Bailey had been seriously ill after responding to the…

Nobel Prizes 2017: Scientific discoveries in Physics, Medicine, and Chemistry explained

Physics Prize: Weiss, Barish, and Thorne’s gravitational waves Over a billion years ago, two black holes collided. After a long, drawn-out approach in which they gradually orbited each other more…

3 things you might not know about the chemistry of water

Water is a poor conductor of electricity The ability to conduct electricity is defined by a substance’s ability to carry a stream of electrons. In order to do this, there…

Edinburgh chemists develop solar technology for water purification in India

Researchers at The University of Edinburgh are developing solar panels that will be able to purify sewage water across India. Solar energy is a low-cost, simple and highly-accessible method of…