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March 1, 2012

 

whipped cream with chocolate and fudge

What Is Whipped Cream?

Did you ever wonder why heavy cream whips into soft, light peaks?

January 3, 2012

 

lightening strikes

Lightning Helps Fertilize The Soil

In addition to providing a spectacular light show, and scaring us to death, lightning also helps fertilize the soil.

December 28, 2011

 

water drop

Is It True That People Used To Drink Water Laced With Radium?

It may seem incredible that people once willingly ingested radium.

December 13, 2011

 

A spilt salt skaker

Why Salt Makes You Thirsty

Why does eating salty popcorn or baked ham make you thirsty, sometimes a few hours after you've eaten it?

November 29, 2011

 

Rubbing alcohol

Why Does Rubbing Alcohol Make A Good Antiseptic?

Oddly enough, a solution of 70% alcohol, that is, rubbing alcohol, is a more effective antiseptic than 100% alcohol. Another case of where more is not better.

November 25, 2011

 

pipeline

Bacteria Have A Sweet Tooth For Ethanol

It seems that bacteria can have a sweet tooth for many types of fuel. Scientists have to remain vigilant to protect pipelines from erosion.

September 21, 2011

 

burnt paper

All Burned Up: Where Does Burnt Paper Go?

You took a stack of paper and burnt it. What happened to the papers when you lit them up?

July 14, 2011

 

colorfully wrapped soaps

The Surprising Chemical Structure Of Soap

Soap has been used for cleaning for many years, but it wasn't until modern chemists began to understand its structure that anyone knew how soap worked.

June 20, 2011

 

lamb

Why You Can’t Bleach Sheep

Why is it okay to bleach cotton cloth, but not wool?

May 31, 2011

 

dry ice in blue bucket

Why Is Dry Ice Dry?

If you've ever received a special shipment of meat or seafood at home, it probably arrived surrounded by blocks of dry ice. What is dry ice?

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