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Hoping for a Breath of Fresh Air

7 Feb 2024

Twenty-five sextillion is an inconceivably large number. Think 25 followed by 21 zeros. Now take a deep breath! You have just inhaled roughly that many molecules! Quite mind-boggling, but if you...

These Diamonds Are Made from the Deceased

23 Dec 2022

In 2017, I visited the oldest diamond polishing factory in the world when I was in the Netherlands for a conference. I was given a guided tour during which I learned about the many ways in which a...

A Lesson From Nature: What Click Chemistry Is, and Why It Won a Nobel Prize

12 Oct 2022

“This year’s [Nobel] Prize in Chemistry deals with not overcomplicating matters” says Johan Åqvist, Chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry. It has a simple and catchy name: Click Chemistry....

The Right Chemistry: Graphene Face Masks

2 Apr 2021

Video of Dr. Joe Schwarcz explains graphene face masks  

Are vegetables grown in "tire gardens" safe to eat?

2 Aug 2018

When it comes to chemical composition, tires are extremely complex. Different kinds of rubber, carbon black, vulcanizing agents, antioxidants, antiozonants, polymerization accelerators,...

Do Activated Charcoal Face Masks Actually Work?

2 Jan 2018

They are being talked about all over the Internet as a way of clarifying the skin and removing “toxins", but is there any science to back up the use of charcoal face masks?

Space Molecules are Branching Out

20 Mar 2017

In a paper published in this week’s issue of Science, astronomers from the Max Planck institute, the University of Cologne (Germany) and Cornell University (USA), announced to have for the first...

What is the link between diamond, graphite and buckyballs?

20 Mar 2017

They are all composed only of carbon. What determines the properties of any substance? Simple. The properties of any substance depend on the type and number of atoms they are composed of, and of...


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