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Why is Mercury so poisonous?


I’m assuming, like me, you were always told the same thing as a child: “Don’t bite on the thermometer!” You might assume your parents were being overzealous as usual, exaggerating so you pay attention. But having witnessed the ensuing panic after my little sister bit into one, I started thinking maybe there was something to … Continue reading

What makes us faint?


So a couple of weeks back, I attended my first DR (dissection room) session with some second year med students. Now, I’m not particularly squeamish so I didn’t really give it a second thought. But here I am, desperately trying not to faint in front of these people. It got me thinking: what is it … Continue reading

Can you measure the heat of a chilli?


You may find you find some things impossible to eat, whilst others relish it. Is it just down to personal taste or can “hotness” really be measured. As it turns out yes! The Scoville scale, named after its creator Wilbur Scoville, measures the heat of a chilli in Scoville heat units (SHU). But what is … Continue reading

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Natacha is a research scientist and a lover of all things science! She love finding out interesting facts about all aspects of life, whether it’s how genetic engineering works or what the difference between crimped and straight hair is. There’s a bit of science behind every mystery and the Science Informant will help find the clues for everyone to enjoy and understand the amazing world of science!

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