Which bottled water contains the most amount of micro plastic particles ? Learn more about how plastic is detected in bottled water

Plastic particles are present in all bottled water.  Learn more about how plastic is detected in water.

Orbmedia commissioned  the study to learn more about how many plastic particles are contained within water samples.

“New research by Orb Media, a nonprofit journalism organization based in Washington, D.C., shows that a single bottle can hold dozens or possibly even thousands of microscopic plastic particles.

Tests on more than 250 bottles from 11 brands reveal contamination with plastic including polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET)”.

Learn more about Nile Red Dye as a technique to help identify the presence of micro-plastics.


Learn more about some of the chemistry behind the Novichok nerve agents that are implicated in the Russian Spy Agent

Learn more about the class of compounds called Noichok agents

Dilution is normally not the solution to pollution; however, under special circumstances (use of a nerve gas poison) citizens are advised to launder their clothes.

Diners,  who ate at a the Salisbury restaurant were the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is believed to have eaten, have been advised to wash their clothes and possessions.



Public Health England issued the advisory in hopes of minimizing the possible contamination and poisoning of as many as 500 customers who ate at a restaurant and pub during the same time that Skripal and his daughter are believed to have eaten at the restaurant.

“Rigorous scientific analysis has been ongoing and we have learnt that there has been some limited contamination in both The Mill pub and Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury. Anyone who visited The Mill pub or Zizzi restaurant where the 2 affected individuals were can be reassured that this limited exposure will not have harmed their health to date. However, there may be a very small health risk associated with repeated contact with belongings which may have been contaminated by this substance. We therefore recommend that a precautionary approach is taken and advise people to clean the clothes they were wearing and any possessions they had with them.

Those who were in either location should:

  • wash clothing they haven’t already in the washing machine
  • any items which cannot be washed, and which would normally be dry cleaned, should be put in two plastic bags tied at the top and stored safely at home (we are currently reviewing the best way of cleaning these clothes and will provide further advice on our website)
  • wipe personal items such as phones, handbags and other electronic items with cleansing or baby wipes and dispose of the wipes in the bin
  • wash other items such as jewellery and spectacles which cannot go in the washing machine with warm water and detergent and rinse with clean, cold water
  • wash their hands thoroughly after cleaning any items

We want to reiterate that the immediate risk to those affected is extremely low and this is a precautionary measure.”


Women In Space – NASA Celebrates achievements of Women in Space with their Space Lego

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 – Space Style


















Learn more about some of the women who have made significant contributions to space research and travel

With the Women of NASA, the Brown University alum paid homage to space pioneers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the celebrated American federal agency in charge of space research and exploration.

The five women space scientists are:

  • Katherine Johnson, 98 – calculated and verified trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programmes
  • Margaret Hamilton, 80 – computer scientist who worked on the onboard flight software for the Apollo missions
  • Mae Jemison, 60 – first African-American astronaut in space in a 1992 mission aboard the space shuttle Endeavour
  • Nancy Grace Roman, 91 – astronomer known as the “Mother of Hubble” for her role in planning the Hubble Space Telescope
  • The late Sally Ride, the first American woman in space in 1983





Canada wins BIG! – Olympic Success/Own the Podium Talent Development

Canadian athletes have won a record of 29 medals at the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea.  Canada won 9 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 10 bronze medals.







“From a country chasing the powerhouse nations, we are now proudly in the top group growing in strength and contending for No. 1. And we’ll keep going.”


Sport training and talent development experts believe that it takes a decade and a half to raise an olympian. Canada has been working hard to create a culture of sports success. For example, Canada’s”Own the Podium Campaign” has been working hard to support athletic performance.
“Own The Podium provides technical expertise to sport federations, summer and winter, Olympic and Paralympic. OTP makes funding recommendations, directing almost $70 million of government money annually to federations whose athletes show future medal potential.
The COC prepares athletes for the Games environment, looks after their needs on the ground at Games and pays for that via corporate sponsorship.
Canadian taxpayers are the largest investor in high-performance sport. The federal government spends roughly $200 million annually on it.”


The Paralympic Olympic  games are scheduled to start on March 9 in Pyeongchange.


Term Two Ends on March 6, 2018 – Learn more about how to learn

What are the top ways to learn faster?

Happy Valentines budding Chemists – learn more about the chemicals that control your emotions!