The multiple names of TNT

There are milions of chemical compounds and each one has its name. But some have more than one or more than two. An example of this is the well-known TNT. Although nowadays there is a system to name compounds according to specific rules, in the past their names were chosen quite randomly. The names that…

Hydrogen and helium broke the periodic table

Hydrogen (H) and helium (He) are two elements with things in common beyond their initial h. They are both gas at room temperature and nonmetals. They are the elements with the lowest atomic number and the most abundant elements in the universe. However, they do have differences. Hydrogen can be combined with most elements of…

Drag queen stories: the periodic table

Yesterday, 7th of February, was the Periodic Table Day. You didn’t think I had forgotten, did you? You know I love talking about this wonder of chemical systematisation. But this time it is Lana Vuli who does, with an adaptation of my 12-y/o ramblings. Lana, drag queen scientist since January 2017, lets you know how…

Have you heard of Scientists Dating Forum?

There are ways of contributing to science other than becoming a researcher or editing chemistry dictionaries. Today we’ll learn about a group of people who know this very well. Scientists Dating Forum (SciDF) is not a dating app for nerds. SciDF is an association with a team of motivated young professionals from the scientific, communication and…

Technically funny doctor-to-be

For the last two weeks I’ve neglected everyone and everything in order to meet the deadline for my PhD thesis text, which I’m supposed to submit in a week. But I took that one morning off. Two weeks ago Dr Matthew Murtha invited me to his Technically Funny radio show (Tue-Thu, 10 am – 12…

‘Seafood Tango’. Full show

Let me show you a short video, with lots of music and few clothes. Plus, you’ll learn about contaminants in food. The Internet is about to explode! Last May I performed my last show at the SETAC Europe 27th annual meeting. It was a cabaret about contaminants in seafood from Europe. More precisely, it was…