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Incredible Slow Motion Videos Show Chemical Reactions

It is generally thought that science and art should be two quite different subjects. However sometimes they could work surprisingly well together, just like recent videos showing what a beautiful picture when booze is observed under the microscope and how computational models could be turned into mesmerizing GIFs. Today, you would be amazed [...]

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Chemistry Life Hacks

As we all know, science is not only the approach to helping us own vaccines, antibiotics, and robots necessary in our life, it can also provide us with useful tools for quickly cooling beer, making a hamburger perfectly as well as getting away from annoying fruit flies in the kitchen. [...]

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What Will Happen If You Insert a Coin Into Dry Ice?

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is generally known as a gas, however, when it goes to temperature below −78.5 °C (−109.3 °F), it exists as a solid. This process is called deposition, and goes from gas to solid directly. When temperature increases, the dry ice will sublime and goes back to gas [...]

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What Happens to a Hamburger in Stomach Acid?

Experimenting with junk food is now kind of a fad today. For example, someone has intended to leave out burgers and fries from Maccy D’s for several months consecutively, expecting to know what would result in it. In order to identify the effects of various chemicals and elements, scientists from [...]

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Image credit: AlfredLeitner. A thin film of liquid helium creeps up the side of the container, over the edge and forms a droplet on the bottom before dropping below until the container is empty.

Supercooled Helium Defies Gravity

Helium is kind of a gas used for blowing up balloons or it could make people talk like chipmunks as well. As the important coolant, it is also widely applied in medical devices and scientific instrumentation. But we know little about that helium has two different liquid states, one of [...]

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What Happens if You Stick Your Hand into “Hot Ice”?

Here we do not refer to ice cube you use in your kitchen, but we would like to talk something about “hot ice”, which is kind of substance called sodium acetate trihydrate. At room temperature, it remains solid and will melt into a liquid at 58 degrees Celsius. When being melted into [...]

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A Lithium-Ion Battery Can Be Stretched by 600%

According to the study published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry, a group of scientists from Fudan University, China, has developed kind of lithium-ion battery with the superb stretch up to 600%, but at the same time, it is still capable of maintaining its amazing electrochemical properties. At present, stretchy electronic [...]

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Ecstasy ‘Godfather’ Shulgin Died At 88

The author and chemist “gently died after several years of battling various illnesses.” Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, an author and a chemist well-known as a pioneer in the pharmaceutical use of MDMA, died of terminal liver cancer peacefully at the age of 88 after several years of fighting against his illness. His death [...]

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Molecules Harness Sun’s Energy Even without Sunlight

Molecules Harness Sun’s Energy Even without Sunlight

There is certainly some criticism from detractors of solar energy, because it is unable to work at night or on cloudy days. However, such criticism should be kept quiet to some extent thanks to the latest innovation from the scientists at MIT, who have produced a new material that is [...]

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Mercury, the Culprit Who Turns Paintings Black

Mercury, the Culprit Who Turns Paintings Black

Mercury released from the red pigment in Adoration of the Magi (Peter Paul Rubens, 1624) has formed black stains in some places. *Image source: KONINKLIJK MUSEUM VOOR SCHONE KUNSTEN, ANTWERP/GIRAUDON/THE BRIDGEMAN ART LIBRARY    For several centuries, the pigment vermilion has been a favorite of artists, however, it is notorious for turning [...]

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