Continuing the bee theme from yesterday, here’s a teaser graphic for an upcoming post on insect venoms. The mixture a bee delivers when it stings you is mainly water (88%), but the venom itself, like many other venoms, is a complex mix of compounds!

Honey is a food oddity in that it doesn’t spoil. Here’s the chemistry behind why, as well as an explanation of how bees make honey:

Today’s graphic considers the different chemical compounds in lipstick - including a compound commonly found in chilli peppers, and a pigment derived from scale insects. 

Read more & see a larger version of the graphic on the site:

With a new Premier League season upcoming this weekend, here’s a look at some of the polymers used in your average football shirt:

As it’s #SharkWeek, here’s a look at some of the chemical compounds that have been used as shark repellents over the years:

I’m in Hungary for two weeks from today, so here’s a quick, relevant graphic on the chemical compounds that cause paprika’s bright red colouration.

Apparently, it’s World Cat Day - which seems like as good a time as any for a reminder of why cats love catnip:

Today, a look at the chemistry behind fake tanning lotions and how they work. The post also contains important safety advice for Mexican Hairless Dogs (no, really):

Came across this fantastic poster showing a range of different bioluminescent organisms today. It also shows some of the chemical structures responsible.

You can see a larger, more readable version on the website of the creator, Eleanor Lutz, at

Why is it avocados turn brown so quickly, and what can you do to stop it happening? This graphic and post have the answers:

(This is also one of the graphics that’ll be appearing in modified form in the Compound Interest book next year!)