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Can you see molecular bonds? IBM says yes.

IBM is mostly interested in finding new ways to build a processor or a storage medium instead just pure physics knowledge. They were able to image the bonds that can be seen in molecules and were also able to steal electrons from the molecule in order to change its type. In the papaer publicshed in […]

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5 most dangerous chemicals on Earth

Hank Green, from SciShow, presents a list of top 5 dangerous chemicals int he world. Some of these were so dangerous that not even the nazis would dare touch or use them. What 5 chemicals is it about then? Here they are: 1. ClF3, chlorine trifluoride, also called “substance N” by the nazis – blows […]

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Exploring the Universe: we’re made of star stuff

Crash Course Big History #2, with John Green, takes us from the time of Big Bang and up until now, and tells us that we are made of star stuff. Actually, Carl Sagan was the first to put it that way in these exact words. In any case, the heavy elements we see in our […]

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Why do leaves turn brown or yellow in fall?

Leaves have a lot of chlorophyll and thus they have a greenish color due to this substance. This substance takes carbon dioxide from the air and with the help of light generates oxygen and glucose. When fall comes there isn’t that much light around and trees start to generate less chlorophyll. Also, by this time […]

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CompoundChem mega infusion: chemistry of honey, cosmetics chemistry, antibiotics, insect venoms, aminoacids

The guys at Compound Chem do a great work with their chemistry articles. You don’t need to be a chemistry minor or the sorts to understand what is it about. Once you read what they are posting you are getting one step ahead of crazies that believe that vaccinations are bad or that GMOs will […]

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4 new chemistry lifehacks to rule your day

The guys at Reactions have saved the day once again. They explain 4 new lifehacks and the chemistry behind them. It is not often that we get to understand why we need to do something that might help us in the future. Here are the 4 lifehacks we should test right now: – if you […]

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Science – what are polymers?

Polymers are substances formed from many basic compounds called monomers. If you have a given molecule and are able to insert many such molecules to form a fully functional bigger molecule, then you have a monomer in place. The DNA, RNA, tons of types of plastics and cellulose are polymers. They all are build from […]

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Plastic from air? Not so fast

Thunderf00t has his chemistry sniper rifle aimed at the plastic from air hype that claims that a company called Newlight can create plastic from air. Since there is enough carbon dioxide in the air you could theoretically trap it, add water and then burn it to obtain CH2, a base molecule in plastics. But Thunderf00t […]

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Water: it shouldn’t even be a liquid [strange water facts]

Water has been the subject of countless studies and people are still wondering how on Earth could it exist and behave the way it does? I started learning a bit more about water when I stumbled upon Trends in bond angles for H2O and other substances on Chemistry Stack Exchange. The question begs and answer […]

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Chemistry: what makes beer well… beer?

Compound Chem has created a great infographic about beer and the chemical substances that gives beer its bitterness and flavor. Since I am a fan of beer there was a matter of time before I would publish another blog post about beer ๐Ÿ˜€ How is a beer created, in steps: 1. milling – dried barley […]

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