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Everyday Science: Timber Quiz

When European settlers arrived in North America in the 1600s, they found vast forests stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. Nearly 40 percent of the land north of Mexico lay beneath tree cover. So how much has changed?


Everyday Science: Lead Quiz

 Everyday Science: Lead Quiz

This lead quiz will test your knowledge of this potentially deadly natural metal. Check out our lead quiz. See more »

Everyday Science: Rubber Quiz

 Everyday Science: Rubber Quiz

This rubber quiz will test your knowledge of some of the important uses of rubber. Check out this rubber quiz. See more »

Everyday Science: Timber Quiz

 Everyday Science: Timber Quiz

This timber quiz will help test your knowledge of forestry and the timber harvesting industry. Check out this timber quiz. See more »

How Rubber Works

 How Rubber Works

Rubber is an elastomer, a large molecule that can be stretched and returned to its original shape. Learn why rubber is so stretchy and how we make it. See more »

How Timber Works

How Timber Works

The timber industry employs 13 million people and produces 124 million cubic feet of roundwood. Learn why timber remains a critical natural resource. See more »

How Reverse Osmosis Works

 How Reverse Osmosis Works

How does reverse osmosis work? Find out how a semipermeable membrane can act as a filter for some particles while letting others pass through. See more »

How Steam Technology Works

 How Steam Technology Works

Steam technology works to harness the power of steam in order to perform work. Learn about steam technology and some steam technologies. See more »

How Plastics Work

 How Plastics Work

Plastics can be found in a wide variety of products. They are everywhere. Find out how plastics are made and learn about uses for plastics. See more »

How Nanowires Work

 How Nanowires Work

Nanowires are incredibly thin structures that have an incredible length-to-width ratio. Learn about nanowires and how nanowires are created. See more »

How Nanotechnology Works

 How Nanotechnology Works

Nanotechnology is the science of building machines at a subatomic level. Learn about nanotechnology and find out how nanotechnology is developed. See more »