Fiction Lab: All The Light We Cannot See

Jennifer Rohn of Lablit.com hosts the monthly book club dedicated to great fiction books with a science theme. If you’re an interested reader who has something to say, then come along. The format of Fiction Lab is simple. All you need to do is check this webpage for the book choice, read the book beforehand […]

The Story of a Molecule

Discover how we are able to see a single molecule and what that means for our understanding of biological processes at the 2015 Ernst Chain lecture.

News round-up: New elements, Olympicene, Venus, SpaceX & Neutrinos

Guest contributor Conor McKeever kicks off our new fortnightly round-up of the key science news of the last few weeks. Two more place cards at the Periodic Table Video: youtube | periodicvideos Scientists have officially named two elements whose discoveries were announced last year. Element 114, first detected in 1999 by scientists at Russia’s Joint […]

Science Behind the Photo #41

Rainbow Crystals X-ray crystallography is one way of finding out what a molecule consists of. It can show which atoms are present in a substance and how they are connected to one another. This involves crystallising the compound, firing X-rays at the crystal and analysing the diffraction pattern that results. However, not all compounds naturally […]

Science Behind the Photo #20

  Chicken wire is great for describing graphene – it’s often used by scientists when talking about the new wonder-material. Imagine there’s one atom of carbon at every point of every hexagon and that the wires are bonds joining the carbon atoms together.  Then imagine that the whole photograph is only a few nanometres across (1 nanometre […]