Chemistry

How do hairsprays and shampoos work

How do hairsprays and shampoos work

Thanks to chemistry, the products we use to clean and style our hair have evolved over decades — even centuries. How do hairsprays protect your...
Accidental discoveries that went boom

Accidental discoveries that went boom

Chemistry typically involves precise measurements and careful testing in order to get significant results. Yet several notable discoveries happened simply by accident — ultimately altering...
Step aside Superman, steel is no competition for this new material

Step aside Superman, steel is no competition for this new material

Steel could one day be replaced with specially arranged cellulose fibers. When it comes to materials, there is no question as to who wins the...
Yale chemists find new way to create lithium metal electrodes for batteries

Yale chemists find new way to create lithium metal electrodes for batteries

Researchers at Yale and Donghua University in China have developed a new process for creating lithium metal that may boost the energy and capacity...
The science behind the fizz How the bubbles make the beverage

The science behind the fizz: How the bubbles make the beverage

From popping a bottle of champagne for a celebration to cracking open a soda while watching the Super Bowl, everyone is familiar with fizz....
The Statue of Liberty’s true colors

The Statue of Liberty’s true colors

The Statue of Liberty is an iconic blue-green symbol of freedom. But did you know she wasn’t always that color? When France gifted Lady Liberty to...
How do we know the age of the Earth

How do we know the age of the Earth?

The Earth is 4.565 billion years old, give or take a few million years. How do scientists know that? Since there’s no “established in” plaque...
What’s the difference between sugar and high-fructose corn syrup

What’s the difference between sugar and high-fructose corn syrup

It seems like it's in just about every product on grocery store shelves: high-fructose corn syrup. What is it, and how is it different from...
Red Sea fungus yields leads for new epilepsy treatments

Red Sea fungus yields leads for new epilepsy treatments

New treatments for epilepsy are sorely needed because current medications don’t work for many people with the disease. To find new leads, researchers have now...
Harvesting water from fog with harps

Harvesting water from fog with harps

As summertime draws near, some people around the U.S. will face annual water usage restrictions as water supplies become strained. But for those who live...