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: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-qn

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: http://wp.me/s4aPLT-lipstick

With a new Premier League season upcoming this weekend, here’s a look at some of the polymers used in your average football shirt: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-pP

As it’s #SharkWeek, here’s a look at some of the chemical compounds that have been used as shark repellents over the years: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-pC

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: http://wp.me/s4aPLT-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): http://wp.me/s4aPLT-faketan

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 http://tabletopwhale.com/index.html

Why is it avocados turn brown so quickly, and what can you do to stop it happening? This graphic and post have the answers: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-p9

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