Atoms, derived from the Greek word ‘Atomos’, meaning indivisible, make up everything in the world. They are the smallest part of elements that can exist, but what exactly is the structure of an atom like on the inside? Protons, neutrons and electrons, which are subatomic particles, make up atoms. Each proton has a relative charge … Continue reading The History of The Atomic Model
Next up, in this board game series about how board games can be used to teach science (to children’s adults and families alike), is the environmentally conscious deck builder, Carbon City Zero. If you’ve not seen the series before, then you can find out more about it here, and if you missed the last one … Continue reading Using Board Games to Teach Science: Carbon City Zero
Britain is a nation of tea lovers. We are obsessed with it for some reason. Although tea originates from Asia, Britain have reclaimed (along with many other things) the hot beverage that is a cuppa. I myself, have at least three cups of tea a day when I’m at home. I never buy a tea … Continue reading The science of a perfect cuppa.
I was recently watching an episode of Brooklyn 99 where a forensic scientist came to teach the 99 team about forensics. The idea of science being involved in police work had completely slipped my mind. But I should know by now that science is deeply integrated into all career paths; in this case as a … Continue reading DNA Profiling
I did not know much about micellar water, just that people use it took clean their faces and remove makeup. Knowing that behind every cosmetic product there is a science, I researched the ingredients of micellar water. Let’s take a look at the ingredients in Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water: Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, … Continue reading Micellar Water
Synthetic Food could be the solution to famine and world hunger, however, some are dubious about the consequences of using synthetic food. Many already know that Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) production has damaged ecosystems and contributed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria (see my previous post on Superbugs). So why would synthetic food be any different? Before researching … Continue reading Synthetic Food? A sustainable alternative??
As far back as most can remember, our hair has been washed with shampoo first and conditioner second, but it seems many of us don’t really know why, or even understand the differences between the two. The washing process of hair can be understood when looking at the composition of hair (figure 1A). Within hair … Continue reading What is the Difference between Shampoo and Conditioner
Fireworks can be characterised as self-contained explosive devices which contain a mixture of many components such as oxidising agents, fuels and metal salts. We often associate fireworks with celebration, but the first fireworks were used to warn off evil spirits. Simple firecrackers are thought to have been developed around 1000 years ago by Chinese monk … Continue reading How do Fireworks Work?
photo from: https://www.superdrug.com/blog/beauty-manuals/the-ultimate-guide-to-applying-fake-tan As discussed in a previous blog post (https://glamsci.blog/2019/04/23/how-does-sunscreen-protect-our-skin/), prolonged exposure to harmful UV rays can be very dangerous, but even with this knowledge, many people still desire sun-kissed skin. A safer alternative to sunbathing or using a sunbed is fake tan, a cosmetic product that uses chemicals to temporarily darken the skin, … Continue reading The Chemistry of Fake Tan
Coriander, often referred to as cilantro in North America, is a herb native to southern Europe, northern Africa and southwestern Asia. Coriander is thought to be capable of lowering cholesterol,1 as well as treating fevers, nausea and stomach disorders,2 and is a popular herb of choice in both Indian and Spanish cuisines. It is also … Continue reading Why do Some People Think Coriander Tastes Like Soap?