What Flowers Do With Light

What does a flower do with light? In a nutshell, some of the light that reaches a flower's petals is absorbed; some is transmitted through its anatomy and the rest is reflected towards the sky and towards the eyes of pollinators and admirers. But from such a summary, a number of questions can germinate. How does light get absorbed... Continue Reading →

The Beauty of Compounds & Mixtures

The beauty of compounds increases with purity, but ironically the greatest beauty occurs when the right impurities and conditions come along. Many pure substances in the laboratory are either dull, white powders or coloured and dull. If they are dissolved and allowed to crystallize slowly, their geometry becomes apparent to the naked eye, and light... Continue Reading →


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