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Category: Chemistry

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Bizarre Spike of Radiation Detected in Helsinki’s Air

Recently an “unusually high amount” of radioactivity was detected over Helsinki, the capital of Finland. It was confirmed by the officials from the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) that 4,000 microbecquerels of the radioactive isotope caesium-137 per cubic meter of air had been detected by their rooftop air sampler [...]

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Why Standing on Lego Bricks Hurts You So Much?

You would be not believe that if you step on a Lego brick with your bare foot, you could feel kind of pain which was unknown to you before. In this case, you would be wondering that such colorful and playful interlocking bricks of plastic could be such a distressful [...]

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Image credit: Hot peppers are loaded with capsaicin, which binds to pain receptors in the mouth. CC0 Public Domain

Why You Should NOT Drink Water after Eating Hot Peppers

If you want to know the reason why eating some spicy foods would make your mouth feel like being on fire, you should watch a video recently released by the American Chemical Society. From the video, you could learn the secret related to some of the world’s most excruciating dishes. [...]

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Veritasium Adventure in Some of the Most Radioactive Places in the World

If you are asked to illustrate some radioactive locations, you might think of Chernobyl or Fukushima. After watching this video from Veritasium, you would be aware that the following locations are not as radioactive as you think previously, such Marie Curie’s laboratory and Albert Einstein’s apartment as well as uranium [...]

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Iodine Clock Reaction Will Dazzle You

When you are planning your holidays, you might think of hosting parties or going on travel. However, you could do something different, which would certainly dazzle your co-workers, friends and family, that is kind of chemical reaction: the iodine clock. By doing so, you could add two clear solutions together, after [...]

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See How Sulfuric Acid Melts a Kitchen Sponge in Slow Motion!

If you want to know why it is necessary to wear safety goggles in the lab, you had better go watch the following video to see what happen when the guys over at Slow Mo Lab have poured 98% concentrated sulfuric acid over a kitchen sponge, which is just amazing to observe [...]

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Earth’s Most Abundant Mineral Finally Given a Name

Although it consists of a third of the Erath, the world’s most abundant mineral has not got its name for a quite long time,  scientists was unable to get a natural sample of it to characterize. At present, after nearly intensive searching for fifty years, scientists have found a specimen [...]

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Stunning Photos of Dried Whisky under Microscope

Stunning Photos of Dried Whisky under Microscope

Although we might have seen some really amazing photos of alcohol very close in the past, however but such images are quite different beyond our imagination. It is Ernie Button, an American photographer and artist who has produced this artwork by capturing photos of dried up whisky at the bottom of a [...]

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What Happens When Burn NH4Cr2O7 with HgSCN?

Among all the chemical reactions one might have seen, the following filmed one should be probably regarded as the most amazing and terrific scene. After you light the pile of reactants, it would start to present a picture in which tentacles seemed to crawl out of a portal to Hell. [...]

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Image credit: Reactions - American Chemical Society. You know pizza is delicious. But do you ever think about why?

The Chemistry of Pizza

As a very popular food, pizza is well-received all over the world. However many people are not sure about the reason why they much appreciate its taste. Just like other kinds food, it is attributed to chemistry. The following video is the introduction presented by the American Chemical Society to [...]

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