Experiment Videos

FWS – Destroying my xbox360 with THERMITE!

May 22, 2012 // 2 Comments

Myles xbox 360 gave him the red ring of death so he decided to take revenge on it using 1.5kg of thermite. Thermite is a pyrotechnic composition of a metal powder and a metal oxide that produces an exothermic oxidation-reduction reaction. When aluminium is the reducing agent it is called an aluminothermic reaction. This reaction is extremely dangerous and Myles advise that you not to repeat it. Missing Safety Glasses Every effort was put into safety (fire extinguishers, flame retardant [...]

FWS – Dehydration of Sugar by Sulfuric Acid

April 28, 2012 // 4 Comments

When I tell people that I am a organic chemist they either think I work in a farmacy or that I am a hippy above my station. But what it really means it that I work with carbon containing compounds.The perfect reaction to show the carbon contained within these compounds is the dehydration of sugar using H2SO4. When the two are mixed the mixture turns yellow, then brown, then black. A large column of carbon is then expelled from the beaker.  (C12H22O11 → 12 C + 11 H2O) This experiment also [...]

FWS – Sparklers Underwater

April 3, 2012 // 1 Comment

Did you know that sparklers can burn under water? This is because they contain an oxidizer (usualy Potassium nitrate or Potassium perchlorate) as a oxygen source instead of getting oxygen from the air. As a result, they are able to burn even when they are placed in an environment where oxygen is absent as Myles [...]

FWS -Playing With Fire! (flame test)

February 4, 2012 // 1 Comment

A flame test used to identify boron and sodium. Abstract In this experiment, you will use a flame test to visually determine the identity of a metal or metalloid ion, based on the colour it turns a flame. This is because each element has an exactly-defined emission spectrum, which scientists can use to identify them. For example, lithium produces a red flame and sodium a yellow flame. This experiment can be performed at home, but must be done under the supervision of a responsible adult. [...]

FWS – How to Make a Laser Microscope

October 20, 2011 // 2 Comments

Using a £10 laser and a syringe you can magnify a water sample 1000s of times over at home.  Using this method you will be able to projected on your wall single cell creatures, modketos lave, microscopic worms, etc. This experiment is easy to set up and perform at home and is perfect for a school science projects. The picture below is a 5mm mosquito larvae projected to be 3m long using this method. [...]

FWS – Growing Manchester Bacteria

October 15, 2011 // 3 Comments

For fun myself and Laura my housemate went around Manchester swabbing it. We then grew our samples on agar to see what disgusting things we could get to grow and who was more disgusting out of the two of us. I filmed this mid thesis writing and you can really see how tired and fat I [...]

FWS – DNA Extraction in Your Kitchen

October 8, 2011 // 2 Comments

In this experiment I extract DNA from the cells of strawberries using a home made extraction kit. The experiment is perfect for any young scientist and introduces the concept of DNA extraction with in-depth explanation of the hands-on scientific procedure. All materials and equipment are inexpensive, easy to find and safe to use at home.   Introduction to DNA In 1953, using x-ray diffraction data collected by Rosalind Franklin, James D. Watson and Francis Crick proposed the double helix [...]