You Won't Believe What Happens When You Light These Chemicals on Fire

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed Mercury(II) thiocyanate (Hg(SCN)2) and Ammonium chromate (NH4)2CrO4 together and then lit it on fire? NO?! What's wrong with you? It's unbelievably hellish and impossibly alien combined with one burning force of what the horrifically kraken insane. » 7/18/13 8:00pm 7/18/13 8:00pm

All the Hidden Chemicals That Are Lurking In Your Coffee

Caffeine. For most of us, that's the only chemical compound in coffee that's worth a damn. But that's far from the only thing that's hiding in that simmering cup of black (or light brownish) glory that you suck down every morning. Cockroach pheromones? Rotting meat-smell? Check and check. Drink up! [Wired via … » 6/29/13 1:00pm 6/29/13 1:00pm

Color-Changing Gloves Alert Lab Workers To Invisible Toxins

The trickiest part of avoiding exposure to toxic substances is that they're often invisible, odorless, and undetectable to our five senses. And as an alternative to expensive detectors and other electronic sensors, researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in… » 5/03/13 12:17pm 5/03/13 12:17pm

Five Scientific Facts on How Chocolate Is Good For You

Valentine's Day is coming up (it's Thursday I hear), which probably means you'll be eating overpriced chocolate with your sweet loved one or eating fair priced chocolate alone. Either way, have no guilt because chocolate is "good" for you! These five scientific facts about the chemicals of chocolate prove it so. I… » 2/11/13 10:00pm 2/11/13 10:00pm

This Spray Bottle Trigger Has a Safety

Even with that twisty on/off knob at the end of the barrel, little tykes apparently still have no trouble using spray bottles filled with poisonous cleaning products. So to make them safer for households with inquisitive kids, researchers at the Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University have created a… » 9/14/12 3:20pm 9/14/12 3:20pm

Where the Different Colors of Fireworks Actually Come From

If you want to scientifically impress your friends tomorrow (or look like a hoity toity smartypants), you can tell them what the color of fireworks really mean. See that explosion of electric white? That's white-hot metal flakes. Gorgeous red array? Strontium Carbonate. It's all about the chemicals, baby. » 7/03/12 5:20pm 7/03/12 5:20pm

How Dry Cleaning Works: It's Not What You Think

For me, dry cleaning has always belonged in a category of miracles, along with color-safe bleach, dry shampoo, and acupuncture. They seem to work, but is it only because we'd like to believe they do? So we decided to take a look past the counter and '80s-style decals to figure out, what is dry cleaning, anyway? » 2/28/12 1:41pm 2/28/12 1:41pm

Bubble-Wrapped Kids Can Now Play With No-Chemicals Chemistry Sets

What's a chemistry set without the chemicals? Seemingly, $21.88 worth of plastic tools and test tubes. The set has "60 fun activities with no chemicals," based on stuff you can grab from kitchen cabinets, though if they're suggesting kids should try mixing water with milk and a teabag, there are going to be a lot of… » 4/26/11 11:40am 4/26/11 11:40am