Category: Chemistry

From Chrome Plating To Nanotubes: The ‘Modern’ Chemistry First Used In Ancient Times

From Chrome Plating To Nanotubes: The ‘Modern’ Chemistry First Used In Ancient Times

The ancient Babylonians were the first to use sophisticated geometry – a staggering 1,400 years before it was previously thought to have been developed. Sadly, these mathematical innovations were forgotten as the Babylonian civilisation collapsed and were only rediscovered this year as scientists took a close look at ancient clay tablets. This surprising finding made […]

Scientists Begin Looking at Programmers’ Brains: The Neuroscience of Programming

Scientists Begin Looking at Programmers’ Brains: The Neuroscience of Programming

This Is Your Brain On Code, According To Functional MRI Imaging n order to expose more students to computer science, 17 states have passed legislation to createbasic math and science requirements in the curriculum, rather than count them as electives. But lawmakers in Texas have made computer programming count toward a foreign language requirement, with […]

Just One Teaspoon Of This Legal Drug Could Kill You

Just One Teaspoon Of This Legal Drug Could Kill You

Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. For many of us, the day doesn’t start without a dose. But you’d be wrong to think it isn’t without its dangers. Two young people have died in the past few years from taking caffeine in its powdered form, sparking new debate about how we see this […]

Scientists have found genes that determine the time of the first sex

Scientists have found genes that determine the time of the first sex

DNA analysis of over 380 thousand inhabitants of Britain allowed geneticists to identify several genes that determine the speed of the onset of puberty, the first sex and the birth of their first child, according to an article published in the journal Nature Genetics. “Of course, the social and cultural factors influence very much at […]

Watch What Happens If You Put Molten Salt Into A Water Tank

Watch What Happens If You Put Molten Salt Into A Water Tank

TheBackyardScientist is back with a super-high-speed camera, a fish tank, and some molten salt. Sodium chloride (salt) can become a molten liquid when it’s heated to over 801 degrees celsius (1,474 degrees fahrenheit). If you drop a small shot of that liquid into a tank of cool water, a surprisingly powerful physical reaction occurs. You can watch the […]

It’s all relative: how to understand cancer risk

It’s all relative: how to understand cancer risk

Absolute risk is the risk of developing a cancer over a certain period of time. Relative risk is the risk one group of people has of developing a cancer compared to the risk of another group. The Conversation’s cancer map shows that the risk of bowel cancer is 10% higher for men and women who […]

Do You Know The Lead Symptoms?

Do You Know The Lead Symptoms?

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has all eyes on the dangers of lead poisoning. But until President Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint last month, many of us had stopped thinking of lead exposure as a major health concern. The toxic metal was phased out of plumbing materials, gasoline and household paint way back in the 1970s and 1980s. Still, lead is something […]

Periodic Table’s 7th Row Finally Completed

Periodic Table’s 7th Row Finally Completed

Break out the champagne; the 7th row of the periodic table has been completed with the addition of four new elements. While their existence had been predicted before, they have only now been officially discovered – meaning they can be formally named on the table. At the moment, the four elements – which occupy the […]