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Acids & Bases

  • 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?

  • Volcanoes: Terror From Below image
    Volcanoes: Terror From Below

    Volcanoes are a spectacular and terrifying example of nature’s might. But what we know about them can help us predict their eruptions—and save lives.

  • How to Raise a Jellyfish image
    How to Raise a Jellyfish

    A high school student in upstate New York learns about marine chemistry by raising jellyfish in the classroom! Find out how her project connects to climate change.

  • Vaping: What You Need to Know image
    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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    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?

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Properties of Matter

  • 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?

  • Chemistry Helps Athlete Keep Moving image
    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.

  • Open for Discussion: Deciding What's Right image
    Open for Discussion: Deciding What's Right

    Science isn't just about clear-cut facts and figiures. Someimes, it calls for deciding right and wrong.

  • Can Copper Save Us from the Coronavirus? image
    Can Copper Save Us from the Coronavirus?

    A recent claim is that a familiar metal, copper, could help us beat back the COVID-19 pandemic. There is already some basic science to suggest that it might help in some ways. Copper has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties, which seem to come from copper’s ability to conduct electricity.

  • Open for Discussion: A Balancing Act image
    Open for Discussion: A Balancing Act

    How many times have you thought about what it takes to make and deliver those products to you? It wouldn’t be surprising if this question is not on your radar—most people don’t think about the life cycle of the stuff they use.

Electrochemistry

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Energy & Thermodynamics

Equilibrium

Gases

  • The Sweet Science of Candymaking image
    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

  • 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?

  • Cheesy Science image
    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?

  • 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!

  • The Artificial Leaf: Copying Nature to Fight Climate Change image
    The Artificial Leaf: Copying Nature to Fight Climate Change

    Every living thing on Earth owes its life to a single process that arose billions of years ago: photosynthesis. Now, scientists are mimicking it to help reduce our fossil-fuel dependence that drives global warming.

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

Solutions

  • Shaking Out the Facts About Salt image
    Shaking Out the Facts About Salt

    Most people in the United States consume more salt than they should. So is it time to cut back on salt? Not necessarily. The recommended guidelines may need to be revised and the amount of salt that we consume may be just what we need.

  • Eating with Your Eyes: The Chemistry of Food Colorings image
    Eating with Your Eyes: The Chemistry of Food Colorings

    A large amount of the foods we eat contains food colorings. We tell you where they come from, how they work, and the difference between natural and artificial food colorings.

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    How to Make Fashion Sustainable

    The clothing industry has been called out for years for its unsustainable practices. To shrink the environmental footprint of fashion, scientists are tackling the complex challenge of clothes-to-clothes recycling.

  • Ice, Cream... and Chemistry image
    Ice, Cream... and Chemistry

    What are the ingredients in ice cream that make it so delicious?

States of Matter

  • 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.

  • Volcanoes: Terror From Below image
    Volcanoes: Terror From Below

    Volcanoes are a spectacular and terrifying example of nature’s might. But what we know about them can help us predict their eruptions—and save lives.

  • Chemistry Takes to the Skies image
    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.

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    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.

  • 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?