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Acids & Bases

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    Cheesy Science

    It is storable milk. It can last weeks or years longer than milk and there is such a variety of cheese. But when did we start making and eating cheese? And why?

  • The Flint Water Crisis: What's Really Going On? image
    The Flint Water Crisis: What's Really Going On?

    How did the Flint water crisis happen, and what was done to make the city’s water safer to drink again?

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    Vaping: What You Need to Know

    Serious illnesses and even deaths related to vaping have sparked a debate over the use of e-cigarette devices. The cases have also brought attention to what scientists and health officials do and don't know about vaping.

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    Acidic Seas: How Carbon Dioxide Is Changing the Oceans

    Changes in our global atmosphere are adding carbon dioxide to the air we breathe, and also to our oceans. Find out about the far-reaching effects to the underwater world.

Atomic Structure

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    A Solar Future

    An increasing number of everyday items are powered with the sun, including backpacks, watches, cars, and airplanes. Also electricity-generating solar power plants may become an alternative to coal-fired power plants and natural gas power stations in the future.

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    Smartphones: Smart Chemistry

    One of the main reasons smartphones are so “smart” is their chemistry. Smartphones contain at least 70 chemical elements, the displays are very strong thanks to hardened glass, and their touchscreens are made of materials that are sensitive to the touch of a finger.

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    The Periodic Table Turns 150

    That iconic chart of elements in your classroom turned 150 in 2019! Celebrate with a look at its past and a peek into its intriguing future.

Properties of Matter

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    Chemistry Helps Athlete Keep Moving

    Chandler Smith, now a college student, has been wearing a prosthetic leg and foot since he was 18 months old. Thanks to chemistry, the prosthetics he has been wearing over the years have allowed him to follow his dream of becoming an athlete.

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    Growing Green on the Red Planet

    In the movie The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars but is able to survive by growing food in a habitation module. Would real astronauts be able to grow food and survive on Mars, too?

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    The Secret Life of Gold

    Valued for its beauty and functionality, gold both adorns art and serves as an electrical conductor in cellphones. New research tells us about this marvelous metal’s cosmic origins.

  • The Periodic Table Turns 150 image
    The Periodic Table Turns 150

    That iconic chart of elements in your classroom turned 150 in 2019! Celebrate with a look at its past and a peek into its intriguing future.

Electrochemistry

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    A Solar Future

    An increasing number of everyday items are powered with the sun, including backpacks, watches, cars, and airplanes. Also electricity-generating solar power plants may become an alternative to coal-fired power plants and natural gas power stations in the future.

  • Smartphones: Smart Chemistry image
    Smartphones: Smart Chemistry

    One of the main reasons smartphones are so “smart” is their chemistry. Smartphones contain at least 70 chemical elements, the displays are very strong thanks to hardened glass, and their touchscreens are made of materials that are sensitive to the touch of a finger.

  • The Periodic Table Turns 150 image
    The Periodic Table Turns 150

    That iconic chart of elements in your classroom turned 150 in 2019! Celebrate with a look at its past and a peek into its intriguing future.

Energy & Thermodynamics

Equilibrium

Gases

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    The Sweet Science of Candymaking

    How do you decide what texture of candy you want? We look at the process at the molecular level and reveal the chemistry behind candymaking.

Kinetics

  • A Solar Future image
    A Solar Future

    An increasing number of everyday items are powered with the sun, including backpacks, watches, cars, and airplanes. Also electricity-generating solar power plants may become an alternative to coal-fired power plants and natural gas power stations in the future.

  • Smartphones: Smart Chemistry image
    Smartphones: Smart Chemistry

    One of the main reasons smartphones are so “smart” is their chemistry. Smartphones contain at least 70 chemical elements, the displays are very strong thanks to hardened glass, and their touchscreens are made of materials that are sensitive to the touch of a finger.

  • The Periodic Table Turns 150 image
    The Periodic Table Turns 150

    That iconic chart of elements in your classroom turned 150 in 2019! Celebrate with a look at its past and a peek into its intriguing future.

Molecules & Bonding

Nuclear Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Quantitative Chemistry

  • The Big Reveal: What's Behind Nutrition Labels? image
    The Big Reveal: What's Behind Nutrition Labels?

    Nutrition labels show us the amount of calories, fats, carbs, and proteins present in the foods we eat and how much of them we need to consume every day. Here, we tell you how these values are measured and how they can help you stay healthy.

Reactions & Stoichiometry

  • Animal Survival in Extreme Temperatures image
    Animal Survival in Extreme Temperatures

    Some animals keep warm in frigid temperatures, while others stay cold when it is scorching hot. These animals have amazing adaptations that allow them to thrive in the most hostile environments.

  • Growing Green on the Red Planet image
    Growing Green on the Red Planet

    In the movie The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars but is able to survive by growing food in a habitation module. Would real astronauts be able to grow food and survive on Mars, too?

  • Compost: Your Trash, Nature's Treasure! image
    Compost: Your Trash, Nature's Treasure!

    Composting is a way to harvest crops with natural fertilizer and reduce our contribution to greenhouse gases—a win-win!

  • Cow Power: A Climate Change Solution from Manure image
    Cow Power: A Climate Change Solution from Manure

    As the world heats up, farmers are figuring out what they can do to help fight climate change. A growing number are turning a greenhouse gas that comes from raising animals into a source of energy.

Solutions

States of Matter

  • Animal Survival in Extreme Temperatures image
    Animal Survival in Extreme Temperatures

    Some animals keep warm in frigid temperatures, while others stay cold when it is scorching hot. These animals have amazing adaptations that allow them to thrive in the most hostile environments.

  • No-Hit Wonder! D3O® image
    No-Hit Wonder! D3O®

    D3O® is a bright-orange material that protects more than 100 products— including cell-phone cases, kneepads, and helmets— from impact.

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    Chemistry Takes to the Skies

    The puffy white letters of skywriting look similar to the contrail streaks that you see trailing from airplanes. But a close look at the chemistry reveals what makes them so different.

  • Mars vs. Titan: A Showdown of Human Habitability image
    Mars vs. Titan: A Showdown of Human Habitability

    So far, no known planet—or moon—can match Earth’s Goldilocks conditions for life. Could we survive somewhere other than Earth?