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Video: The art and science of glassblowing

If you've ever tapped a screen to send a tweet, opted for a glass bottled soda because of taste, or drooled over art glass in a gallery, then your life has been changed for the better by the transparent yet durable combination ...

dateNov 21, 2017 in Other
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Health treatment through chemical synthesis

Introducing molecular complexity through the shortest possible route – this is the daily business of Vittorio Pace. In an interview with uni:view, the pharmaceutical chemist explains what this means exactly, what his latest ...

dateNov 02, 2017 in Other
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Video: The chemistry of Hollywood bloodbaths

Fake blood is a staple of the Halloween horror film experience, but there's no one recipe to suit every filmmaker's needs. The chemistry of fake blood has always been tweaked to create the most realistic experience, or at ...

dateOct 27, 2017 in Other
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Why onions make us cry (and why some don't)

Mark Anthony in Shakespeare's Cleopatra may have referred to "the tears that live in the onion". But why do onions actually make us cry? And why do only some onions make us blub in this way when others, including related ...

dateSep 27, 2017 in Other
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Video: Better pancakes through chemistry

Everyone seems to swear by a different pancake recipe. How can you griddle up the perfect pancakes for your Saturday morning breakfast? With chemistry, of course.

dateSep 25, 2017 in Other
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Video: Sushi's sublime secrets

Sushi is sublime. Just fresh fish and seasoned rice in its simplest form served one on top of the other, or rolled up with some veggies in a seaweed wrapper. What creates the subtle interplay of flavors in your tuna nigiri?

Toward unbreakable encrypted messages

Chinese researchers recently announced a landmark advancement: They used a satellite orbiting Earth to beam pairs of quantum-entangled photons to two Tibetan mountaintops more than 700 miles apart. This distance blew the ...

Video: The chemicals we leave behind

Everything we use is made out of chemicals. So it's not surprising that we pick up a lot of foreign molecules from what we bump into all the time, from our multivitamins to the gas we put in our cars.

Video: How rubber makes sports possible

Sports balls of all varieties owe their resilience and reliability to an unusual polymer—one whose derivatives and spinoffs are everywhere you look, from cars to shoes to rocket fuel.

Clay-based antimicrobial packaging keeps food fresh

Sometimes it seems as if fresh fruits, vegetables and meats go bad in the blink of an eye. Consumers are left feeling frustrated, often turning to less expensive processed foods that last longer but are less nutritious. Now ...

Video: How animals glow

Fireflies, frogs, jellyfish, mushrooms and even parrots have the ability to emit light from their bodies. These creatures use either bioluminescence or fluorescence to put on their light shows.

BASF to restrict use of egg scandal pesticide

German chemical giant BASF said Thursday it would not reapply for EU authorisation for some uses of pesticide Fipronil, at the heart of a tainted egg scandal that has set member states at odds.

Video: How superhydrophobic materials stay totally dry

Raincoats, car windshields, waterproof phones: They all use a little chemistry to stay dry. Inspired by nature, chemists use extremely water-fearing, or superhydrophobic, coatings to repel water from surfaces to keep them ...

Natural preservatives on the rise

Beginning this year, Oscar Mayer stopped adding artificial preservatives to their hot dogs. Taking their place is celery juice, a natural source of the preservative sodium nitrite. This week Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ...

Video—Wine snobbery: Fact vs. fiction

We all know at least one wine snob who goes through all sorts of rituals that they swear will bring out the best flavor, like swirling the glass and decanting the bottle before drinking.

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How the Earth stops high-energy neutrinos in their tracks
How to cut your lawn for grasshoppers
Mysterious deep-Earth seismic signature explained

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