Print feature and podcast on the discovery of the mysterious fifth taste
For years we have been told that jellyfish are growing in numbers and will swarm the oceans. But this may not be true.
A feature on the Scottish chemist Graham Cairns-Smith’s life and work:
Is there a single hormone responsible for hunger, and is this it?
A BBC Earth feature on the ways in which living things may have exploited the quirks of quantum mechanics
Chemistry in its Elements podcast: A ‘pink pill’ to boost female sexual desire may have sounded too good to be true; and it turns out that may have been the case. Martha Henriques looks into why the drug seems to have flopped.
Chemistry in its Elements podcast: You may have been told by a helpful backseat cook that burnt toast can give you cancer. Martha Henriques asks whether there is grain of truth there is in this, and what we can do about it.
A creative science piece for Tank magazine on the origin of life.
Chemistry in its Elements podcast: Ectoparasiticides are compounds used deter or kill animal parasites like tics and fleas. Martha Henriques asks how conservationists at a rhino reserve in South Africa are making use of ectoparasiticides to keep not fleas, but poachers away from their rhino population.
A BBC Earth feature on natural freezers in the ground from New Mexico to Shanxi Province, China