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Ice That Burns

What looks like regular water ice but hisses and jumps around like water on a hot plate when you put it on a room-temperature surface and bursts into flame when you light it up? It is a rare and ... Continue reading

Ice on fire: methane hydrate.

What Is Acetone?

Acetone is a manufactured chemical that is also found naturally in the environment. It is a colorless liquid with a distinct smell and taste. It evaporates easily, is flammable, and dissolves in ... Continue reading

Why Doesn't Glue Get Hard In The Plastic Bottle?

Glue, in its many different forms, is a very simple-to-apply sort of thing that represents a surprisingly complex amount of chemistry and physics. On the face of it, what could be simpler? Put on the ... Continue reading

What Is Reduction?

Long ago, in a laboratory far, far away...before the development of the atomic theory we now use, scientists believed in a principle called animism, and that the chemistry of different materials was ... Continue reading

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Atmospheric Chemistry:

  1. Knocking the NOx Out of Coal
  2. Ozone: Good Up High, Bad Nearby
  3. SO2: What is it? Where does it come from?

Chemical Composition:

  1. Liquid Glass Is All Wet

Chemical Properties:

  1. Carbon Dating
  2. Oil Viscosity
  3. The Melting Point
  4. What Is A Mole?
  5. What is Oxidation?
  6. What Is pH?

Chemical Reactions:

  1. Catalysts
  2. Chemical Burning
  3. Exploding Fertilizer
  4. Fire Retardant Gels
  5. How Sublime
  6. It's Crying Time Again
  7. Luminol; Trick-or-Treat or Terrible Feat
  8. Spontaneous Combustion
  9. Warmer Hands (And Toes) Through Chemistry
  10. What Are Aerosols?
  11. What Give Batteries Their Charge?
  12. What Is Reduction?
  13. What Makes a Candle Burn?
  14. When Chlorine Met Sodium...
  15. Why Does Cement Set?
  16. Why Doesn't Glue Get Hard In The Plastic Bottle?

Elements and Compounds:

  1. Hydrogen - The Simplest Element
  2. Hydrogen Reaction Experiment Reaps a Surprise
  3. Ice That Burns
  4. Nitrogen Gas and Compounds
  5. Radioactive Radon
  6. Radon, A Rare Element
  7. Table Salt - It's All In The Ions
  8. Turning Oil Into Gas
  9. Uses Of Hydrocarbons
  10. What Are Isotopes?
  11. What Is A Half-life?
  12. What Is Acetone?
  13. What Is Arsenic?
  14. What Is The Periodic Table?

Food:

  1. Was Popeye Wrong?
  2. Why does popcorn pop?
  3. Your Nose Knows!

Medicine:

  1. Take Two And Call Me In The Morning