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Turning Oil Into Gas

When you see all those cars at the gas station filling up with unleaded, you may not stop to think about how that gasoline got there. It wasn't pumped out of the ground in that form. The same goes for ... Continue reading

Warmer Hands (And Toes) Through Chemistry

A popular item for skiers and snowboarders, hunters and people who have to work outside in cold areas, and found in many outdoors shops, are disposable hand warmers. If you haven't used them before, ... Continue reading

Radioactive Radon

Radon is a gas produced by the radioactive decay of the element radium. Radioactive decay is a natural, spontaneous process in which an atom of one element decays or breaks down to form another ... Continue reading

Radon gas, a radioactive product of uranium, can reach high levels in some houses, depending on the local geology and house construction.

Luminol; Trick-or-Treat or Terrible Feat

What does trick-or-treating and crime scene investigation have in common? Hopefully, they don't have much in common, unless the trick-or-treater is wearing a safety glow stick. Glow sticks contain ... Continue reading

More Chemistry Facts


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