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December 20, 2013

 

An abandoned gas pump with handle.

Some Fuel For Thought

The number of carbon atoms in fuel determines its chemical properties.

November 1, 2013

 

Assorted chocolate candies on display

The Secret of M&Ms

Candy coated chocolates are made through an intensive tumble-dry process.

August 21, 2013

 

Brown gravy on stove

The Rest Is Gravy

Your recipe calls for flour or cornstarch as the thickening agent. Does it make a difference which you choose? How do thickeners thicken, anyway?

July 30, 2013

 

snake on the jungle floor

Staying Warm

You probably already know that humans are warm-blooded, while creatures like snakes are cold-blooded. Scientists prefer the terms endothermic and ectothermic.

July 26, 2013

 

ice cream in a cup

Ice Cream Is Not So Simple!

Milk, sugar, cream, maybe some strawberries. What could be simpler?

July 8, 2013

 

toothbrush with toothpaste on it

Why Brushing Your Teeth Makes Juice Taste Funny

A glass of juice is a great addition to breakfast: it's healtful, and it tastes good. But, what if you've already brushed your teeth?

June 5, 2013

 

man standing near a tanning light

How Do Artificial Tanning Creams Work?

Have you ever used fake tanner?

May 31, 2013

 

garlic in a bunch

Garlic And The Enzyme Alliinase

If you're a garlic lover (or hater) --these two basic guidelines might help: chopping garlic heightens the flavor and smell, while cooking mellows it.

April 5, 2013

 

green apple from side

Applesauce Harnesses The Power Of Osmosis!

Applesauce recipes call for sugar, to heighten the sweetness. The recipe is very specific about when to add the sugar--after the apples have cooked. Why?

March 25, 2013

 

Electron microscope image of the bacteria (bordetella pertussis) responsible for pertussis (whooping cough).

Bacteria Portrait Sessions

A team of chemists and microbiologists has put a new spin on a type of photography: a small‑scale spin, to be precise. They photograph bacteria!

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