The science of bath bombs

Have you ever wondered how bath bombs work? What is the science of that colourful fizzing ball in your tub? In the video below I did some experiments to find out. Have look at the video, and the explanation below, so next time you throw a Lush Experimenter bath bomb…

Etsy Wednesday – Coloured flasks

Hmm. You know my feelings about the stereotype of the coloured liquids in flasks, but I have to admit that these coloured flasks are pretty. Each flask or beaker has a quartz crystal in water with glitter and food colouring. The science perfectionist in me wants nothing to do with…

Renaissance people trivia quiz – Answers Part 2

I didn’t forget the second part of the answers to the Renaissance People Trivia Quiz! Answers – Part 2: 6. Which actress is co-author on a neuroscience paper about frontal lobe activation? Natalie Portman‘s big career breakthrough was the role of Padma Amidala in “Star Wars Episode I – The…

Renaissance people trivia quiz – Answers Part 1

It turned out too lengthy for one post, so here is the first half of the answers to the Renaissance people trivia quiz: 1. Which British composer invented a “sulphuretted hydrogen machine” in his home laboratory? Sir Edward Elgar used to carry out chemistry experiments in the basement of his…

Renaissance people trivia quiz

Ten famous people, all with an interest in science, but none of them famous for their involvement in science. Instead, you’ll know each of these for their contributions to music, film, literature, fine arts, or photography. Who are these Renaissance people, or what is described here? [update: Answers 1-5, Answers…

Made With Molecules – science jewelry

I don’t know if this says something about Google’s perfect algorithms or more about my highly predictable tastes, but the targeted advertisement on top of my Gmail inbox just led me to Made With Molecules. It’s a site that sells jewelry and other pretty things with molecules on them, all…

Superhero Science

The Ontario Science Centre’s “Super Heroes Science Exhibition” closes March 25th, so if you’re in Toronto and had been meaning to learn more about superhero science, this is your last chance. I haven’t gone myself, but the exhibit was in California prior to the Toronto stop and a review of…

Accidental crystals formed in pH buffer

I made a buffer way back in June that I didn’t need again until last week. It had been at the back of the fridge for 4 months, without being moved at all, and LOOK what happened! I created accidental crystals! I pipetted off all the liquid from the crystal…

wooden periodic table

Periodic Table Table

The Wooden Periodic Table Table is just that: a table, made of wood, in the shape of the periodic table. It even has panels and compartments to contain the actual elements. The table received a lot of media attention three years ago, when it won the 2002 IgNobel prize in…

Molecular Origami

Molecular Origami is a PC program that makes templates for paper models of molecular structures. It’s compatible with public structure databases, for example the Protein Data Bank, and can compare the model it makes with Rasmol models (a well-known program to visualize three dimensional protein structures) The gallery has some…