The amount of “fake food” you eat annually is probably higher than you would like. And no, we’re not talking about food made from plastic.
Ever wonder why your highlighters glow in the dark? How about glow sticks at a rave? Our world is full of glowing objects that awe us even into adulthood, and their existence is easily explained.
When winter finally starts dumping snow and ice on roads, cities fight back by spreading tons of salt to melt the slippery hazard. But what if roads already had salt built right into them? They’d be able to prevent slick conditions from occurring, well before the risk of an accident.
The ever-entertaining American Chemical Society gives us a run down on what black is, how very little black we see as we go about our lives, and what it takes to make real black.
You probably just flush your urine down the toilet, but some European alchemists used it in their experiments, and in the process made a scientific discovery that helped modernize the world.
As anyone who's ever owned a pet fish or gone to a public swimming pool knows, chlorine is commonly used to disinfect water. Ironically, when it comes to sewage treatment, it may be doing just the opposite.
While many of us hold the opossum in about as much esteem as a sewer rat, turns out, we ought to be showing this particular urban trashivore a lil' more respect. Opossums may end up saving thousands of humans from deadly snakebites each year.
Many of us have shared the guilty twinge of pouring a box of packing peanuts into a trash bag, knowing that our convenient foam waste will end up sitting in a landfill for the next few thousand years. Soon, however, we may be able to juice these little nuts for energy.
While some scientific discoveries are made by following logical pathways, others are made by accident, often while the discoverer was trying to accomplish something else entirely. Learn about the accidents behind cheap purple dye, artificial sweetener, and non-stick coating.
Chemistry is the bane of many a high school student, but it's not all bad. As this video from the American Chemical Society's "Reactions" web series reveals, chemistry has been hard at work improving your sex life for years now! It's a hell of a lot more than trigonometry's ever done for you.
Scientists have created a teeny tiny rocket that could swim around in your stomach and fix whatever ails you. You may have heard similar tales before, but this version has an excellent chance of landing in your gut thanks to a hydrogen-powered motor fueled by a hydrogen bubble.
What do you get when you take chemists from all around the country, stick them in a convention center with a couple of turn tables, and add an original rap about chemistry? You get the world's first living, breathing, dancing periodic table. Looks like this whole dancing scientist thing has really caught on.