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How Does a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Work?

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 02:57:04 PST

Hydrogen is the most abundant element on the earth. It is a prime component in water, and can be found in almost every natural compound on the planet. Furthermore, hydrogen has the potential to release impressive amounts of energy. In fact, one of the most destructive weapons ever created—the hydrogen bomb—has a blast equivalent of […]

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Two Cricket Science Experiments for Curious Kids

Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:04:38 PDT

Most children, especially boys, love playing with insects such as crickets. Why not make learning fun and let them play while also learning a thing or two at the same time? These easy science experiments are both fun and educational too. How to Find a Cricket Half of the fun of playing with crickets is […]

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Internal Combustion Engine Basics

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:14:45 PDT

The internal combustion engine as we know it today is the result of hundreds of years of technological development. From primitive crankshaft machines in the 3rd century, to the advanced six-stroke engines of today, the internal combustion engine represents man’s ongoing quest to make the world around him an easier place to live in. What […]

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Nanotechnology Sensors for Non-Invasive Melanoma Scent Detection

Sat, 14 Sep 2013 04:26:27 PDT

A research team from The Wistar Institute and the University of Pennsylvania, led by scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center, has used a nanotechnology-based sensor to differentiate between the odors from normal skin cells and those that have melanoma. The initial findings of this team’s study indicate that this type of sensor could hold […]

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Exploring Environmental Science

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 08:02:09 PDT

While many people would claim that money, data, or food are our most important resources in the world – none of that matters without a world to house them in.  Environmental science has far-reaching consequences for man’s survival, and explores many facets of the world in which we live.  Currently, there are scientists studying many […]

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STEM Degrees May Be Expensive But They Are Worth It

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 02:33:14 PDT

There seems to be a common belief amongst Americans that we don’t do science or math that well. Read many of the articles floating around on the internet and you’ll notice the majority of them make the point that our universities aren’t producing enough STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) graduates. The actual truth behind those […]

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The Many Applications of Microemulsions

Thu, 16 May 2013 16:11:26 PDT

A microemulsion may be described as thermodynamically stable mixtures and water, oil and a surfactant. A surfactant is a compound that helps to lower the surface tension of a particular liquid. A surfactant might be a detergent, foaming agent, emulsifier or wetting agent, to name a few. A microemulsion doesn’t require the same kind of […]

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The Father of Electricity – Fun Facts About Michael Faraday

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:37:52 PDT

When asked “Who is Michael Faraday?” Your likely response would be “Why he is the Father of electricity! A leading chemist and physicist. The founder of electromagnetic induction” and you’d be right of course, but there is much more to Michael Faraday. Read on for five facts about Faraday you may not have known. Faraday […]

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Five Science Experiments to do in Your Kitchen (With Videos!)

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:44:34 PDT

You have young children, and you’d like to get them interested in science and the natural world.  You also, of course, want to build fun family memories.  However, chemistry sets are way less interesting than you remember from your childhood, and you’re at a loss.  You’d like some simple projects you can do to demonstrate […]

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10 Things You Need To Know About REACH Compliance

Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:41:29 PDT

REACH is designed to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of chemicals and things made from them. They are European-wide regulations, affecting an incredibly diverse range of substances, goods and products. Some companies will have no doubt that they need to take action to comply with REACH, but others will be confused […]

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BPA in Plastics: Environmentalist Straw-Man?

Sun, 24 Feb 2013 05:45:26 PST

The plastics industry makes BPA, which is the abbreviation for bisphenol A. This plastics substance has been used since the 1950s for, as Marianne Smith Edge, the International Food Information Council’s Senior Vice President of Nutrition and Food Safety, says, preventing “the corrosion of cans…It’s used to prevent contamination of foods…BPA packaging [serves] as an […]

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Top 5 Swimming Pool-Maintenance Apps

Sat, 23 Feb 2013 08:24:27 PST

Proper pool and spa maintenance is an exact process that requires attention to detail on a regular basis. This is why it is necessary for most pool owners to hire a “pool guy” who can visit periodically and ensure the pH levels of the water are properly balanced and the right amount of chlorine is […]

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